A varied group of upright and trailing plants valued chiefly for their foliage. The most popular varieties include P. mollis, or Moon Valley (pictured), and the P. microphylla, sometimes called the artillery plant or artillery fern. Other varieties include P. cadierei (aluminum plant), P. nummulariifolia (creeping Charlie) and P. Norfolk. These are generally easy houseplants to maintain.
Water: The pilea group likes high humidity and has fairly high water requirements. Don't let the soil dry out between waterings in the summer—instead water when the soil is damp. Cut back on water in winter.
Temperature: The pilea prefer temperatures over 50F.
Soil: They prefer rich, well-drained potting mix.
Pilea are generally very easy to root from cuttings. As the plants have a tendency toward leginess, it's a good idea to start new cuttings every spring instead of wrestling with older pilea. Place cuttings in moist peat and keep warm until they root. Rooting hormone usually isn't necessary.