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Moon Valley Pilea (Pilea Mollis)

Learn how to care for the Moon Valley Pilea!

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The Moon Valley Pilea or Pilea Mollis is native to Central and South America. Its common name, Moon Valley Pilea, is inspired by its deeply dimpled leaves – thought to look like the craters and valleys on the moon. The leaves are bushy in nature and are typically a bright yellow-green with dark copper veins. The leaves will grow to about two inches in length. The plant itself will remain relatively small, never reaching more than 12 inches in height, which makes it suitable for windowsills and tabletops. While it doesn’t need much sunlight to thrive, it does prefer humid environments.

General Care

Sunlight

Bright indirect light. Tolerates medium light. Not suited for intense, direct sunlight.

Water

Water once or twice a week. Keep evenly moist, watering as soon as soil begins to dry out.

Humidity

Tolerates average home humidity. Prefers high humidity.

Temperature

Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Moon Valley Pilea is comfortable

Size

Remains fairly small; usually won’t reach over 12”.

Common Problems

SYMPTOM: Gray browning of leaves
CAUSE: Too cold or too little light
SYMPTOM: Wilting
CAUSE: Under watered

Precautions

Not known to be toxic. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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