How To Repot A Pilea Plant

How To Repot A Pilea Plant

Pilea plants,  with the botanical name Pilea peperomioides and also known as Chinese money plants, are popular housewarming gifts and ideal for beginner plant growers. These perennial evergreen succulents are native to the Yunnan province of China, and are renowned for their bright green, coin-shaped leaves. They make relatively hardy and low-maintenance houseplants, but they will still need periodic repotting to stay healthy and grow well. This article will help you understand more about when and how to repot your Pilea. 

How to repot a Pilea plant

1. Prepare the new pot.

Prepare a new pot to which you will transfer your plant. Select a pot one size larger than the previous container, so that there is more space for the roots to grow. If the previous pot has a diameter of four inches, the new pots should be at least six inches in diameter. Terracotta pots are ideal for these plants, and you should soak the pot ahead of time so that it does not dry out the new potting soil. 

2. Put a base layer of soil into the pot. 

Before removing the plant from its current pot, put a base layer of fresh soil into the new pot. Do not add too much soil since, or the plant will not have space to fit. Opt for well-draining soil; you can also make your mixture by combining peat moss with a small amount of perlite, which is ideal for aeration and drainage

3. Give the plant a light watering in its current pot.

Before you remove the plant from its current pot, give it a light watering. This helps to keep the root ball together as you switch pots. Do not overwater the plant, however, to avoid unnecessary mess.

4. Remove the plant and trim the root ball. 

Use a trowel to remove the plant, being extra careful not to damage the roots. Prune the root ball before repotting the plant. This will get rid of some of the damaged roots, if any, and encourage new root growth once the roots are in the new pots. 

5. Repot the Pilea. 

Place the plant in its new pot and add more soil to fill in the spaces around it. Pat down the soil so it surrounds the plant well, but do not compact it. Give the plant a light watering but do not overwater it. 

Why should you repot your Pilea?

To give the plants room to grow. 

When Pilea plants grow taller and full, the root systems tend to grow beneath the soil’s surface.  By repotting them, you are giving them the space to grow.

It refreshes the soil.  

Potting soils are fortified with nutrients but they become depleted as time goes by. The soil may also become compacted over the years so it is best to repot them.

To prevent the plants from tipping over.  

Your Pilea plants will start to become top-heavy as they grow and may tip over. You should repot the plants at least every two years. Replanting the Pilea plants into larger pots with a heavier base prevents the plants from tipping over. 

To correct the ratio of soil to root in the pots. 

Pilea plants need to be repotted since if they are in the same pots for a long period they become more root than soil. Without enough soil, the plants will constantly dry out and have to be watered more often. 

When should you repot Pilea plants? 

You should repot your Pilea during the early spring, just before it enters the growing season, which is when it is in an active state of growth. If the roots are crowded in their current pot, growing becomes a challenge and may cause unnecessary stress to the plant. Although it is acceptable to repot the plant at any time during the year, stick to early spring for the best results. 

How often should you repot Pilea plants?

Repot these plants at least every two years. They do not have complex root systems, which means it is okay for them to stay in the same pot for at least two years. However, repot them sooner if you see roots growing out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Also repot earlier if you notice any of the abovementioned signs that the plant needs repotting. 

Conclusion 

Pilea plants are appealing indoor succulents with bright green, coin-shaped leaves, and are native to the Yunnan province of China. While they are generally low-maintenance, you will still need to repot them at least every two years to refresh their soil and give their roots room to grow. To repot these plants, prepare new pots that are larger than the current ones and give the plants a light watering before beginning the process. Remove the plants from their current pots, trim the root balls, repot them in the new pots with fresh potting mix, and provide light watering to keep them hydrated while they recover.

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