The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will soon have way too many.


Mod and Mint: The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many. Photo @nininoes

I’ve been walking around with some thoughts about the Pilea. Was going to post about it on my Instagram account, but it would be way too long of a caption.
So here goes. On to the blog. If you don’t have a lot of time, let me start with the conclusion.

I think we will have an exuberant amount of Pilea plants to deal with in the near future. More than we can ever give away, or know what to do with.

First of all, I love the Pilea Peperomioides.
Its gorgeous perfectly round leafs, in combination with the strong lines of the stems.
And baby’s. Mature Pilea plants are very easy to propagate. If you take good care of them, and it’s not very difficult to keep a Pilea happy, they will shoot up babies like they’re giving away free diapers at the corner store.

You only have to look at a few plant loving Instagram feeds, and you’ll notice the Pilea is a hit. It has been on trend for awhile now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away soon.
The Pilea Peperomioides used to be very hard to come by. People referred to it as the pass-it-on-plant. You had to know someone, who knew someone, who lived next door to someone with the magic key. Someone with a Pilea plant who liked you enough to give you one of the babies.
There were no stores selling them, because there were no distributors distributing them.
Now that I’m thinking about that, that must come down to money. Everything comes down to money. If you are in the business of selling plants, you want to keep selling plants. You don’t want to sell one plant, which then easily turns itself into an unlimited stream of new plants.

Mod and Mint: The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many. Photo @pine.and.birch

The wonderful Pilea. Also knows as the Pancake Plant, or UFO plant. Or the Chinese Money Plant. Many plant lovers are excited to get their hands on one. We take photos of our plants and share them on Instagram. The love spreads.
So now all of a sudden there’s this great demand for this obscure plant.
People who have one start selling the offspring on sites like Ebay and Etsy for ridiculously high amounts.

I recently moved back from the United States to the Netherlands. Over here the chain stores are really quick to pick up on trends.
So I wished I had this great story of how I got my plant. But all I did was walk into the garden center, and purchased one. A small, but mature Pilea with two babies already popping up.
It wasn’t long for those had grown to the point I could remove them from the mother plant, and put them in their own little planters. Soon I found myself carefully examining the soil all the time, looking for new babies to come up. Currently five new Pilea babies are starting to grow.
It feels slightly addictive. But now what? For two, three, maybe four I could find new plant-mama’s, to give them to. But not everyone is waiting around to get a plant. I do realize not everybody is as enthusiastic about plants as I am.

Currently five new Pilea babies are starting to grow. It feels slightly addictive. Click To Tweet

But then what to do with all the babies? I am not looking in to going into the plant selling or shipping business.
A few days ago I came across a photo of an amazing giant Pilea plant. I felt immediate #pileagoals. Studying that photo i noticed that this plant consisted of multiple main stems.
Light bulb moment. You don’t HAVE to remove the babies. You CAN also leave a few to grow together.

Mod and Mint: The Pilea Peperomioides. And why we will have too many. Photo @mittgronajag


So that will slow down the Pilea wave in my house a little bit. But what about all those other beautiful Pilea plants, all those little Pilea babies out there?

If you have a Pilea Peperomioides plant, what do you do with all the babies?

A few notes on the photos.
That wonderful Pilea plantgang on top found on the @nininoes Instagram account is heaven.
I want to have all of them in my house.
The babies from @pine.and.birch are looking perfect.
I need more terra cotta pots.
@mittgronajag, what can I say? You’re Pilea got insta-famous in a second. I completely understand why. I can’t stop looking at it.

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  1. Your pileas are beautiful!! My mother plant sprouts new babies every week, but only two of her babies have made their own babies (grand babies?), though they're all about the same size. Do you know if all pilea cuttings eventually produce babies, or is it only certain ones?

  2. Hi Alexandra, I am so sorry for my late reply. Had not seen your comment til now. I am not sure if all Pilea cuttings eventually produce babies. But I would think so. Maybe they have to mature a little longer before they do. Each plant is different, even though they come from the same mother plant. They might start sprouting new plants at different times. Keep on loving them.

    1. Hi Erin,
      Mine is growing so fast now, popping new babies left and right.
      I removed her first babies fairly quickly (impatience), but now i leave them with their momma a little longer so they are stronger and ready to stand and grow on their own.
      Thanks for sharing your link, love your little Pilea!

  3. Can I adopt one? Lol. I love all my plants soo much! I’m in Phoenix AZ n can’t find a Pilea. I’ve gone to so many nurserys. I’m a sad plant obsessed crazy green thumb lady. Lol.

    1. You could have one if you were closer! I know how it feels, hunting for that one particular plant. Aren’t there any Phoenix based plant lovers on Instagram you could find? Maybe one of them has a Pilea with babies to Pass On.

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