Pilea Glauca – Pilea glauca care indoors (improved version!)


Hi everyone, welcome to Plants and Lucia!
My name is Lucia and this right here is Lola Today we
talk about the Pilea Glauca. Okay, coming up! You will remember beautiful Lola
from the first video that we took together. This one was, I think, a couple
of months ago. This one was one of the first videos that I ever recorded; and
many people told me that the music was really loud.
So I thought that we could do a re-take! so let’s get to it! So, this plant my friends, it’s
actually a bit debated but it is believed that she has origins in Mexico.
It is known by two botanical names: The Pilea Libanensis or the Pilea Glauca. She also has many common names: Some people call her the silver Sparkle Pilea, the
great baby tears, great artillery plant, silver sparkles and the red stem Pilea;
this is because the stems in this plant are actually red. The Silver Sparkle
Pilea is truly incredible you guys. As the name suggests this plant actually
does bark oh sparkle. They will sparkle when watered well watch your plant closely; if
you see that the leaves are not sparkling anymore, that may mean that
your plant needs watering. But we will get to that in a moment. Now let’s talk about how you can keep your Pilea Glauca very happy at your home. In
terms of temperature your Pilea Glauca will prefer to be in a warmer room
about 25 degrees Celsius. But she can actually adapt to colder temperatures:
between 12 to 15 degrees Celsius When we talk about humidity, this plant is not so
demanding; but she comes from the tropics so humidity of course is good for her If
you want to keep the humidity levels at a right place for your plant,
I would recommend that you put her with other tropical plants; they tend to help
each other with humidity levels. If you see that your Pilea needs a little
more humidity in the air. For example in the winter the air in our homes becomes
really dry, because we use heating systems and such. If this is the case, you
can also use a humidity tray; that will keep the humidity levels up through your
plant. Or of course, use a humidifier. When we talk about light, the Pilea Glauca will
prefer medium indirect sunlight. Indirect sunlight simply means that the
light is filtered in some way, whether by a curtain or just being pulled away from
any direct sunlight that she may get. Most homes are comprised by indirect
sunlight, but one advise that I can give you is that if you have a room with a
south-facing window, don’t put her really close to the window. Just try to put her
away from the window so she gets the sunlight but not direct sunlight. In
terms of watering I actually water this Pilea in a moderate way. So the way
that I check if my plant needs water is with my finger: I put my finger inside
the soil until the second knuckle, once I feel that is soil is dry, then I water. I
would say that I water this plant about once every week or once every week and a
half. And of course this will also depend on what season of the year you’re in. In
winter, plants tend to need less water than in the summer; this is because the
summer and spring are actually growing seasons. But if you check the soil with
your finger, you will make sure to know whether your plant needs water or not
and you will see that in the winter the soil will dry it slower. Make sure that
you let the soil dry in between waterings. And the method that I use to
water this plant is actually the bottom watering method. I love this method
specifically for this plant too because of the leaves. With this method I make sure
that the water doesn’t damage the leaves and also that it gets into the roots
from below. Once you plan get all the water that she needs, you make sure that the
water drains down through the drainage holes. That way you make sure that the
soil is moist but not wet or soggy. A general all-purpose potting mix is
perfectly fine for her. If you want to make your own potting mix I will
recommend that you use 50% organic soil and 50 percent perlite. That way you make
sure that your plant has good drainage. Some common problems include yellowing
leaves, this may mean that your watering too much or too little. Most likely
you’re watering too much. Use your finger to check the soil and be certain about
this. Second problem can be slow or no growth During the colder months of the
year, this is expected, as there is less sun to photosynthesize. If this is happening in
warmer months, make sure that your plant is getting adequate sunlight and water. The
third problem is leggy growth. And this is a problem that I actually have with my
Pilea. As you can see, it’s growing really long here and a little bit leggy. This
may mean that she’s not getting the right amount of sunlight or that we’re
not watering appropriately. I think in my case she’s not getting the right amount
of sunlight. Jan and I decided to move her a little bit farther away from the
window and she started getting less sunlight. So I have noticed this and I
think I’m gonna provide more sunlight for her, but of course filter sunlight. And maybe I can give you an update once she gets better. So do you have a Silver
Sparkle Pilea at your house? how you take care of it? Make sure to comment below so
we can all learn together, you know I’m learning so much from you guys too! As I
always say, if you want to be part of this community, you’re always welcome! So
make sure to subscribe so we can see each other every Tuesday Thursday and talk about plants! And as always, I will see you in the next video okay, byeeeeeee!

3 Replies to “Pilea Glauca – Pilea glauca care indoors (improved version!)”

  1. Thank you for remaking the video, the Pilea Glauca is a super cute plant, and easy to care for. I bought one when I was starting out with keeping plants and didn't know much, and yet she grows amazing for me. I love your videos, and I am always looking forward to the next one:)

  2. Omg this video was MUCH needed. She’s one of my favorites but hasn’t looked the same since I purchased her. I find her to be a very fussy plant. Still trying to figure out what she prefers, light and water wise. Thx for your tips!

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