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Pilea peperomioides AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Cream, Green and Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

missionary plant

Family

Urticaceae


Pilea can be annuals or evergreen perennials with slightly succulent stems, simple, often attractively marked or textured leaves and insignificant, pinkish flowers

P. peperomioides is an erect evergreen perennial to 30cm or more, with fleshy, rounded, long-stalked mid-green leaves to 10cm in length; tiny pale green flowers sometimes tinged pink

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in a frost-free enviroment. Requires high humidity, branches become woody at base

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by seed, by division or detatch rosettes in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews