Welcome to our guide to the Pilea Moon Valley all to you need to know about care and propagation…
Pilea Moon Valley Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check soil weekly, only water if dry all the way down.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a well diluted balanced feed monthly in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||Well draining medium to avoid root rot.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Pilea Involucrata, Pilea Mollis.|
|Common issues:||Root rot / overwatering.|
The Moon Valley Pilea, (aka Pilea Involucrata or Pilea Mollis) is native to Colombia and Venezuela. Its a small bushy pilea with soft but jagged leaves.
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal.
How Often To Water Pilea Moon Valley
It is really important not to overwater a pilea as they can be sensitive to it, so make sure you check the soil weekly and only water it is the soil is totally dry.
Feed them monthly in spring and summer with a very well diluted balanced feed.
A rich and well draining medium. You can add 20% perlite to a good potting compost to aid drainage.
When to Repot Pilea Moon Valley
They do not grow especially quickly, so will not need repotting each year. I check all my plants at easter time to see fi they need repotting before the growing season.
Aim for 50% and above. They are tropical houseplants and will thrive if given decent humidity.
15-30°C (59-86°F) is the ideal daily temperature. Don’t let them get down to below 5°C (41°F) at night.
How to Propagate Pilea Moon Valley
You can propagate pilea moon valley
Why Is My Pilea Moon Valley Drooping?
They can droop from over and under watering, so make sure you are checking the soil each week, but only water if totally dry.
Pilea Moon Valley Terrarium
Pilea moon valleys are really popular as a terrarium plant as they love humidity and can grow in small, shaded places.
Pilea Involucrata Vs Pilea Mollis
Often pilea moon valleys are sold with the Latin name pilea mollis, they can also be sold under the Latin name pilea involucrata, so hat is going ion? They are both the same plant, but pilea involucrata was bread from the pilea mollis, so they are the same plant, but can be know by both Latin names.
Pilea Involucrata, Pilea Mollis.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues with a moon valley pilea are leaf crisping from underwatering or lack of humidity, which can also manifest itself as yellow patches on the leaves. You want to check if they need water each week, but only water if dry. They can also get root rot easily, so make sure sure you only water them when dry and tip out any excess water sat in the saucer as this can lead to sodden soil.
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