Pilea Peperomioides Care

The Pilea Peperomioides also called the pancake or UFO plant is known for its cute coin-shaped leaves. A self-propagator, the Pilea produces “pups”, which pop up from the soil surrounding the mother plant.

While these plants are super easy to care for, below are some tips and tricks to best care for your Peperomioides! 


Light: Your Pilea will do best in a bright, indirect sunny spot in your home. Even though this plant is part of the succulent family, do not place your Pilea in direct sunlight since it will scorch the leaves. In order to prevent your Pilea from growing lopsided, rotate it at least 2-3 times a week since it grows towards the sun. This plant can adapt to lower light areas, but the leaves will turn a darker green and the plant will spread out more.

Water: Allow the soil to dry between waterings, as Pilea do not like soggy soil. Watch the leaves—when they start looking a tad droopy, it’s time to water your plant. In warmer weather, they need to be watered more frequently.

Humidity: This plant does not require any extra humidity and does well in a drier environment.

Fertilizer: For best results, use a general liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength twice during the spring and summer.