The Rise of the Pilea peperomioides Plant

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First of all, I love the Pilea peperomioides.
Its gorgeous perfectly round leaves, in combination with the strong lines of the stems.

If you take good care of them, and it’s not very difficult to keep a Pilea happy, they will shoot up babies left and right. Seeing all those baby Pilea plants appear and grow is a wonderful, slightly addictive thing to experience. How many new plants will your Pilea make?

The Rise of the Pilea Pepeomioides

I worry that 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.

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 a while now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away soon.

Pilea Babies and Instagram. Therein lies the rise of the Pilea.

The Pass-it-on-Plant

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. 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.

The wonderful Pilea. Also knows as the Pancake 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 then all of a sudden there’s this great demand for this obscure plant.

The lucky people who had one started selling the offspring on sites like Amazon and Etsy, at that time for shocking amounts.

pilea peperomioides plant babies

I recently moved from New York to the Netherlands. Over here the chain stores are really quick to pick up on trends.
I wished I had this great story to share of how I got my plant. But basically, 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. I was carefully examining the soil all the time, looking for new babies to come up.

Currently, six new Pilea babies are starting to grow.

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It feels slightly addictive. But now what? For two, three, maybe four of them I could find new plant parents to give them to. But not everyone is thrilled to receive a plant. I do realize not everybody is as enthusiastic about plants as I am.

But what to do with all the babies? I am not looking into 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.


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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?

Want your own Pilea?

I believe that stores in the US are catching on as well. But if you can’t find a Pilea plant locally, you now can get them delivered through Amazon or Etsy!



Pilea Peperomioides Plant

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