Pilea mollis, Pilea crassifolia , Moon Valley Pilea

Pilea mollis, Pilea crassifolia

Moon Valley Pilea
Family: Urticaceae
Origin: Central and South America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliage

Pilea mollis or Moon Valley Pilea is an evergreen, small plant that grows to 2-5 feet tall and as wide, with ornamental foliage. Native to Central and South America, Moon Valley Pilea should be grown in full sun to semi-shade in USDA zone 9-11. It is best planted in humus-rich, lightly acidic soil with regular watering. Water your plant regularly at the same time each day, allowing the soil surface to become slightly dry between waterings. Overwatering periods followed by drought can cause root rot. You should also fertilize Moon Valley Pilea at least once in the spring and once in the summer using an organic, water-soluble fertilizer.

In colder climates, Moon Valley Pilea can be grown in a container and brought inside during the winter months. Although it can tolerate lower light levels indoors, it is best to try and keep the plant in a sunny location indoors. Regular watering and misting with lukewarm water is a must, as is feeding with liquid fertilizer throughout the growling season. To prevent pests and diseases, use an all-natural insecticidal spray or dust in the spring and summer months.

With proper care, Moon Valley Pilea will produce green, round clusters of flowers and bright, shiny leaves that attract attention. With its rounded, quilted foliage, it is a great addition to any garden, whether indoors or outdoors. This small plant can take a moderate amount of pruning, which is beneficial to its overall health, and is a great choice for landscaping or container gardening.

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