Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla - Plant

Attractive foliage with huge minute, lime green leaves on short, arching stems gives artillery plant a fern like appearance.

    What makes it special:
  • Fast growing and evergreen plant.
  • Best plant for ground coverence.
  • Low maintenance plant.
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1Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla - Plant
25 inch (13 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)

About Pilea Artillery

Artillery plant Scientifically known as Pilea microphylla in the family of Urticaceae is an evergreen, ground-covering perennial plant forming a dense mat of growth around 30 cm up to 45 cm wide. Its succulent stems hold small, lime-green cluster leaves that are blotched with colours of white and pink.

Also known as the rockweed, the artillery plant is a fast-growing, adaptable evergreen that can be grows in humid locations, including in indoor containers and rock gardens.To encourage a compact, bushy plant, pinching off growing tips is important.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height4 inch (10 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla, Gunpowder Plant, Baby tears,
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 30 to 45 centimeter
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care


Refer our Garden Guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.

Light Requirement

  • At least 1-3 hours of preferably morning sunlight a day is ideal for plant to grow well and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day.

  • Soil
  • The soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing Pilea Artillery plant.

  • Watering
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • As rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
  • Do not over-water the plant.
  • Apply water preferably in morning or evening.

  • Application of Fertilizer
  • Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
  • During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Jan-Feb).
  • Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

  • Re-potting
  • When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
  • Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition.

  • For re-potting procedure click here

    Plant Protection
  • Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and dispose them away from the planting area.
  • Spray Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.

  • Don'ts
  • Do not over-water the plant especially when pot does not have drainage holes.
  • Pilea Artillery care

    Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

  • Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light.
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

  • Key requirements to keep plant healthy:

    Sunlight Natural direct 1-3 hours of morning sunlight and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day.
    Watering Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
    Soil Soil should be well drain and fertile, rich in organic content.
    Temperature 20 to 25 degree Celsius
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Jan-Feb).

    Pilea Artillery special feature

    An attractive plant with its fern-like appearance, it is often grown as a ground-cover in ornamental gardens and is also grown as a houseplant in cooler zones.

    Pilea Artillery uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • It is best used as a ground cover planted in a mass in a bed beneath existing trees

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can Pilea plant grow in water?

    Pilea peperomioides can grow and propagate in water

    How to repot a Pilea plant?

    Choose a pot larger than the previous one so that your plant has more room to grow – it should be 1.5 times the previous size or more. For example: if the original pot diameter was 4 inches, then the new one should be at least 6 inches. Make sure to choose a well-draining soil for your Pilea. Use coco peat fiber or peat moss, and then mix the soil with a small portion of perlite (one part perlite to nine parts soil), which is great for soil aeration and drainage. Before you remove the plant, make sure you give it a light watering while it's still in the old pot. This will keep the rootball together while you change the container. Make sure you don't overwater the plant; otherwise, it will cause a mess when you try to remove it. Use a trowel if you need some help removing it, and be careful with the roots. Before you repot the plant, prune the rootball: it will give the roots a chance to grow healthy and uncrowded in the new pot. It's important to be careful at this stage, as you don't want the rootball to fall apart, you simply want to trim and prune it to an acceptable level. Finally, you can put your plant inside the new pot. Carefully place it down on the base layer of soil, and then add soil around the plant and gently pat down so that it surrounds your Pilea comfortably. Then, give the plant a light watering to help settle the soil, but be careful not to overwater it!

    Why is my Pilea plant dying?

    It is maybe due to Over watering which could cause root rot and drooping leaves could be a characteristic of root rot.

    When should I repot Pilea?

    When Pilea outgrows a pot, this causes the roots of the plant to become crowded. Compacted, crowded roots cause stunted growth and may even cause the plant to become root-bound and die.

    Does Pilea plant flower?

    Sometimes it may produce small white flowers on pink-tinged stems.

    How to water Pilea plant?

    Allow the top 2”-3” of the Pilea peperomioides' soil to dry between waterings. Typically, watering this plant once a week will sufficient.

    How to propagate Pilea plant?

    You can propagate Pilea plant through cuttings.

    Do Pilea plants flower?

    Sometimes it may produce small white flowers on pink-tinged stems.

    How big do Pilea plants get?

    it will grow up to 12 inches.

    Why is my Pilea plant not growing?

    It may be due to Insufficient light, less or overwatering, and cold temperature. So make sure your plant is getting enough amount of bright indirect sunlight, No need to water it daily, water it when the upper layer of the soil feels dry to touch. avoid overwatering. so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.

    How to grow Pilea plant?

    Light: The Pilea loves the light! Bright indirect sunlight.Keep them indoors, near a bright window (which is indirect light). 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. Make sure to choose a well-draining soil for your Pilea. Use coco peat fiber or peat moss, and then mix the soil with a small portion of perlite (one part perlite to nine parts soil), which is great for soil aeration and drainage.

    What does a Pilea plant look like?

    Pilea are known for their bright green, coin-shaped leaves.

    Why is my Pilea plant losing leaves?

    Over watering could cause root rot and drooping leaves

    How to split Pilea plant?

    As soon as the Pilea babies, or pups have grown to a decent 2-3″ size, you can start removing them from the mother plant. To do this, gently dig your fingers in the soil around the baby plantlet. Feel where the root goes. Follow it about 1″ down under the soil. You want to remove the baby with its roots attached. Don’t just tug or pull the baby out. You might want to carefully remove a bit of soil around it first, to expose the root connection for easier access.

    Does Pilea plant need sun?

    Yes Pilea need indirect bright light

    Why is my Pilea plant curling?

    If you can see the foliage curling, drooping, changing color or getting spots, your Pilea may be suffering from overwatering, nutrient deficiency or an insect infestation.

    What is Pilea plant?

    Pilea is a species of flowering plant in the nettle family Urticaceae

    Do Pilea plants like humidity?

    Pilea loves humidity, so spray or mist the leaves twice a week if your home is on the dry side.



    Reviews

    Sunday, 15 March 2020

    Gift for my father and he loved it

    Arianna Amit

    Tuesday, 03 March 2020

    Thank you so much... gifted to someone special and he likes it a lot

    Aarti P

    Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Got the plant in good condition, and it is growing well.

    Raman Thakur
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