Grow Your Pilea Family: Propagation Tips!

If you’re a fan of Pilea plants, you’re likely always looking for ways to expand your collection. One of the best ways to grow your Pilea family is through propagation. Not only is propagation a fun way to explore the plant’s biology, but it’s also an affordable way to add more plants to your home or office.

Propagation involves creating new plants from existing ones, and there are several methods you can use to propagate your Pilea. One of the most popular methods is leaf propagation, which involves taking a slice of the trunk with the leaf attached and rooting it in water.

While this method may seem daunting at first, it’s actually quite simple and can be done during the growing season for the best chance of success. In this article, we’ll explore the basics of Pilea propagation, including tips for leaf propagation and alternative methods you can try.

Key Takeaways

  • Leaf propagation and water rooting are popular methods for creating new Pilea plants.
  • Regular water changes and bright indirect light are necessary for successful rooting during the growing season in spring.
  • Digging up small pups or snipping them from the trunk is a simpler propagation method, while water propagation and dividing pups are alternative methods.
  • Providing proper care and attention, avoiding mistakes such as using dirty water and exposing to direct sunlight, is necessary for healthy growth of Pilea plants.

Propagation Basics

If you want to expand your Pilea family, you can try propagating the plant through leaf cutting. However, keep in mind that this method requires a slice of the trunk with the leaf attached. Petiole alone can’t grow a new plant.

Water rooting is recommended, with regular water changes and bright indirect light for successful rooting. The best time to propagate is during the growing season, which is in the spring.

Leaf propagation is not the easiest method, but it allows for the creation of multiple plants to spread or share. If you’re looking for a simpler method, you can dig up small pups or snip them from the trunk.

Keep in mind that bigger baby plants have a better chance of survival away from the mother plant. For more information on caring for your Pilea, check out the Ultimate Pilea Care Guide eBook.

Leaf Propagation

To propagate Pilea plants from leaves, slice off a piece of the trunk that includes the leaf and root it in water with regular water changes and bright indirect light. Leaf propagation can be a bit trickier than other methods, but it allows for the creation of multiple plants to spread or share.

When propagating Pilea plants from leaves, it is important to choose between water and soil propagation. Water rooting is recommended for leaf propagation, as it allows for easy monitoring of root growth. However, once the roots are established, the plant should be transferred to soil for optimal growth. Common mistakes to avoid when propagating Pilea plants from leaves include using dirty water, changing water too infrequently, or exposing the plant to direct sunlight. With proper care, leaf propagation can result in healthy and thriving Pilea plants.

Mistake to Avoid Solution
Using dirty water Change water regularly
Changing water too infrequently Change water every 2-3 days
Exposing plant to direct sunlight Provide bright indirect light
Using petiole instead of trunk Use a slice of the trunk with the leaf Overwatering Allow soil to dry out slightly before watering again

Alternative Propagation Methods

One way to expand your collection of Pilea plants is by exploring alternative methods of propagating them. Besides leaf cutting propagation, you can also use water propagation or divide pups.

Water propagation involves placing the stem of a healthy Pilea plant in a container of water and waiting for roots to grow. Once the roots are long enough, you can transfer the plant to soil.

Dividing pups, on the other hand, involves separating small plants that grow from the mother plant’s base. Simply dig up the pups and separate them from the main plant, then plant them in their own soil.

Water propagation is a simple and effective method for propagating Pilea plants, especially if you have limited space for planting. Dividing pups is also a good option if you want to propagate your Pilea plants and have multiple plants to spread or share.

Whichever method you choose, make sure to provide your plants with proper care and attention to ensure their healthy growth. With a little patience and the right techniques, you can easily grow your Pilea family!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it usually take for a propagated Pilea plant to root and start growing?

Propagation timeline for Pilea plants varies, but it usually takes 2-3 weeks for roots to form and 4-6 weeks for new growth to emerge. Troubleshooting tips include adjusting light and water, and being patient.

Can you propagate Pilea plants using seeds instead of cuttings or pups?

Seed propagation is possible with Pilea plants, but it is not the easiest method. Germination may take several weeks to months, and seedlings have a lower survival rate than propagated cuttings or pups.

Is it necessary to use rooting hormone when propagating Pilea plants?

You don’t need rooting hormone to propagate Pilea plants. Water propagation is recommended, as it eliminates the need for hormones. However, some alternatives to rooting hormone include apple cider vinegar and honey.

Can you propagate Pilea plants in soil instead of water?

Yes, you can propagate Pilea plants in soil, but it’s not recommended for leaf cuttings. Soil propagation success factors include using well-draining soil, keeping it moist, and providing bright, indirect light. Digging up small pups is simpler.

Are there any specific environmental conditions that need to be met in order to successfully propagate Pilea plants?

To ensure propagation success, specific environmental conditions must be met when propagating Pilea plants. Bright indirect light is necessary for water rooting, and the best time for propagation is during the growing season. Change water regularly for optimal results.


Congratulations on taking the first step towards expanding your Pilea family through propagation! By following the tips outlined in this article, you can successfully propagate your Pilea plants and create new additions to your plant collection.

Remember, propagation through leaf cutting requires a slice of the trunk with the leaf, and water rooting is recommended. It’s best to do this during the growing season (spring) for the highest chance of success. However, there are also alternative propagation methods that you can consider, such as stem cutting or division, depending on your preference and the condition of your plant.

As you embark on your propagation journey, don’t forget to refer to the Ultimate Pilea Care Guide eBook for more detailed and comprehensive information on Pilea care and propagation.

With patience and dedication, you’ll soon have a thriving Pilea family that you can be proud of!