(Say it with me: PIE-LEAH - PEPPER-OH-ME-OI-DEES)
The Pilea peperomioides, with its charming pancake-shaped leaves, will reward your plant-parenting efforts with several cute miniature Pilea pups that grow from the main stem. The cuttings that you take can be propagated in water or planted straight into soil. Keep reading for a quick and easy step-by-step guide on how to harvest these new plants that you can pass on to family and friends (or keep them for yourself and start a Pilea army).
Sharp scissors, stick, fresh water & propagation vessel OR a cache pot & houseplant soil
Find the pup and gently pull the soil away from the stem either with your finger or using a stick. I’m using one that came with plant care instructions attached to it, but you can use a chopstick or something similar.
Using sharp, clean scissors cut the stem as far down as you can get. Clean the stem of any soil that might be attached still. You may also need to remove one or two small leaves from the bottom of the cutting.
For water propagation:
Place the cut stem in fresh water, being careful not to submerge leaves (they will rot if left in water for too long). Replace the water every 2 days or so; this will discourage any unwanted bacteria from lurking around.
Place the Pilea pup in a bright position but try to avoid long exposure to direct sunlight.
Marvel at new roots as they grow a little more each day! Be patient though, it could be a couple of weeks before you’re ready to pot-up. When the roots have developed to be about an inch long, your Pilea is ready to plant in soil.
For soil propagation & planting your water-propped pup:
Pot up your baby Pilea into regular houseplant potting soil, making sure that the container is not too large, as excess soil is likely to stay moist and cause root rot, but just big enough to allow it some space to grow. Fill the pot with soil and make a hole with your finger. Place the cutting in the soil and pack down around it, pressing the soil gently, adding more soil on top of necessary.