How Often to Water Pilea?

Watering is one of the essential parts of taking care of plants. Both overwatering and underwatering play important roles in the overall health and appearance of the plant.

Water the Pilea plant when the top inch of the soil is completely dry. Ensure watering thoroughly so that water reaches through the soil and drains out of the drainage hole.

A pilea plant (Source: Unsplash)

Have you recently welcomed a Pilea plant into your home and now want to know the best watering habits for best results and proper growth? Well, you have come to the right place.

Know When To Water Pilea

Insufficient water causes dryness of soil, drooping, and browning of plants. In addition, the leaves become thin, and the soil becomes dusty.

So, if you observe any of the above problems in your plant, you should know that your Pilea needs water.

Check out the points mentioned below to know when you need to water Pilea.

  • Place the finger or stick two inches deep in the soil to check the dryness of the soil. Water Pilea if you feel the plant is dry and lacks moisture.
  • Pick up the pot with the Pilea plant and check the weight. Water your plant if you feel the pot is lightweight.
  • Touch the leaves of the Pilea plant. You should water the Pilea plant if the leaves feel thin.
  • Dry soil is lighter and dusty in color. Water Pilea if you see the color of the soil turning dusty or light grey.

Factors That Impact The Frequency of Watering Pilea

Certain environmental factors affect the frequency of watering your Pilea plant.

The location plays a vital role in the watering schedule as the watering need of the Pilea is different according to the locations you have placed your plant in.

So, some of the factors affecting watering are briefly described below.

1. Placement in Light

Light plays a vital role in the watering of the Pilea plant. Light is a crucial source of energy not only for the Pilea plant but for all the plants.

Plants need light to survive, grow, and for photosynthesis. Moreover, the more your Pilea plant absorbs the light, the more it will get the energy to grow.

Pilea Plant
Pilea Plant Receiving Light (Source: Unsplash)

If you have kept your Pilea plant in bright, indirect sunlight, then the soil will dry out more quickly. As a result, you will have to water Pliea more often.

On the contrary, if you have placed the Pilea plant in a shady area, you should water the plant less.

2. Temperature and Humidity of Room

Water the plant often if you reside in a high temperature or humidity place because the soil dries out quickly in warmer temperatures. Failure in doing so can result in catastrophic results for the plant.

And if you stay in a place with a low temperature, you need to water the Pilea plant less as the plant will have quality moisture there for a longer period.

Next, if you are in a place with moderate temperature, then water the plant when it needs to by observing the condition of the plant. 

3. Growing Seasons

The time of the year also affects the watering of the Pilea plant or any other plants.

Pilea plants require more water during their growing seasons in the spring.

However, in the winter season, the plants remain in the dormant stage and require less water since the plant is not actively growing at this time.

4. Pot Type

It might seem shocking, but it is true that the type of the pot also affects the water requirements of Pilea.

You should water Pilea plants in terracotta pots more often as terracotta pots allow the water to evaporate faster.

Pilea Plant
Pilea Plant (Source: Pexels)

And the Pilea plants in terrariums, plastic pots, ceramic pots need to be watered less as these pots retain moisture for longer.

Note: When picking out a pot, be sure to pick one with sufficient drainage holes.

5. Size of Plant

The size of a plant is an essential factor that affects watering too.

If you have Pilea plants of different sizes, they may not all need to be watered simultaneously.

Smaller plants need to be watered more as they have less soil and water dries out quickly. And larger plants need to be watered less as they have more soil, and it takes time to dry out.

However, when the soil of the larger plant dries out, they need a large volume of water as the soil is more there.

How Often to Water Pilea?

Water Pilea plant every 1-2 weeks by allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. However, they may require water sooner too.

Observe the condition of your plant as explained in the above topic and identify if your Pilea needs water.

Pilea will need a different amount of water depending on different times of the year.

Plants absorb more water in the growing season to support their growth than when they are dormant.

In dormancy or cold months, they do not grow actively, and they don’t need much water to survive.

Note: Pilea plants are succulent and they only prefer to be watered when the top two inches of the soil are completely dry.

What Kind of Water To Use to Water Pilea?

The best water to use for the houseplants is de-chlorinated tap water.

For this, you shouldn’t buy de-chlorinated tablets. You can let an open container with water sit on the counter for 24 hours for the chlorine to dissipate.

If your tap water is chlorinated, collect the water and leave it overnight so that the chemical can evaporate because water containing fluoride and chlorine is too much to handle for the Pilea plant.

In addition, you can use rainwater too if you have a rain barrel.

How to Increase Humidity in Pilea Plants?

Lack of moisture causes leaf curling, yellowing, and browning of the edges of the leaf. Water the plants that are not getting enough humidity.

Pilea plant is one of the plants that love moisture. So, the plant needs to be mist.

Pilea Plant
Pilea Plant (Source: Unsplash)

Follow the below steps to mist and humidify Pilea leaves.

  • Mist in the morning using tepid water as the leaves have a chance to dry during the day.
  • Always mist on the top and undersides of leaves like it has a light dew.
  • You should be mist plants by observing the humidity as sometimes it needs to be misted daily, whereas sometimes it needs to be misted once or twice a week.

Pro Tip: Always keep humidity-loving plants away from drafts, windows, doors, heating, and air conditioning ducts.

The Best Techniques to Water Pilea

After knowing how often to water the Pilea plant, you also need to know how to water the Pilea plant in an effective and plant-friendly way.

The watering technique we use to water the plants is not entirely correct. And the ones who are new to growing plants also don’t know how to water the plant.

Watering the plants from above with a canister, pouring and sprinkling the water over the leaves down the soil is not an effective way to water the plants.

In fact, watering this way can lead to insufficient water intake.

In addition, this increases the chances of plants getting affected by pests and fungal infections.

Hence, you should plant your water from the soil, which will allow the plant soil to soak the moisture quite well as it needs.

By this method, the moisture will directly reach the roots and soil rather than getting stuck on the leaves and the top of the soil.

There are three different ways to water plants, which are briefly described below. You can try them all and find out which method works best for your plants.

1. Saucer Method

The saucer method is the simplest method of watering a plant.

Place your Pilea plant inside a saucer or bowl filled with water. And leave the plant there for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, the soil will soak the moisture through the pot and drainage holes.

Then after 30 minutes, remove the plant from the water. And let the excess water drain.

2. Soaking Method

This method requires more water. In addition, you have to keep a close eye on your plants.

To apply this soaking method, first, place your Pilea plant in a large container like sink or tub full of water so that the water level touches the top of the pot. The plant will soak water this way.

After a minute or so, bubbles will appear on the surface, indicating that the plant has stopped soaking water. Now you can remove the plant from the water.

This method works best if you have lots of plants in your home. You can soak as many pots that your sink or tub can withstand to make your work quicker.

3. Self-watering Pot Method

This method is ideal for those who don’t stay at their home and have no time to water the plant as needed. And also for those who forget to water the plants in time.

A self-watering pot will allow your plant to get the moisture as per its need. You don’t have to either water by yourself or soak them in the sink.

Read about the 5 best self-watering pots. Although the article revolves around African Violets, they can be used for Pilea as well.

All you need to do here is water the plant once, and the self-watering pot will take care of the rest itself.

How To Know That The Water Is Too Much for Pilea Plant?

Being a succulent plant, your Pilea plant won’t need more water. Too much water means you are drowning the plant’s roots that cannot absorb oxygen and nutrients anymore.

You can save your overwatered Pilea plant if you identify the situation sooner. The sooner you identify the issue, the better your chances to save the plant.

There are few methods of finding that the water is too much for the plant. Let’s check them out below.

1. Examine The Plant

Check your plant thoroughly and look for changes in your plant.

Pilea Plant
Pilea Plant (Source: Pexels)

If you find that the leaves are yellowing, drooping, or prematurely falling, that is the sign of overwatering.

2. Check the Bottom of The Pot

If your pot lacks drainage holes, then your plant is suffering from overwatering.

The excess water sits in the bottom of the pot, drowning the root later, resulting in root rot.

So, plant your plants in the pot with drainage holes.

3. Look At The Roots

Gently pull out the plant from the pot and observe the roots properly.

If the root looks brown, mushy, and has an unpleasant smell, then you will need to prune them away.

Check out how to prune a pineapple sage here. You can use the same steps to prune the roots of your Pilea plant.

Additionally, I have attached a YouTube video below to help you learn visually how to prune plants.

Tips to Properly Water Pilea

Watering Pilea or any other plants can be tricky. To help save your precious Pilea, follow the below tips.

  • Use room-temperature normal water. 
  • Water Pilea plant until the water comes running out of the plant’s drainage hole. You can do this in your sink as well.
  • Half an hour – one hour after watering the Pilea plant, discard any excess water that might be sitting in the saucer.

Tips to Take Care of Pilea Plants 

You must have learned a lot regarding watering a Pilea plant.

As a bonus, I have summarized a list of tips to take care of your Pilea plant. I am sure this will help you take better care of your Pilea plant from now on.

  • Pilea plants prefer bright indirect light as direct light can burn the leaves. So, rotate the plant 2-3 times a week.
  • Water your Pilea plant when the top 75% of the soil becomes dry.
  • Pilea plant does not require humidity, but generous misting will be suitable for the plant.
  • Keep the Pilea plant in temperatures between 65-75 degrees.
  • Feed your Pilea plant once a month during spring and summer with liquid fertilizer.
  • Salts and chemicals in your tap water can cause white spots on your Pilea plant, so use normal chloride and fluoride-free water.

Learn more on how you can take care of your Pilea plants.


Above all, watering and the caring tips of the Pilea plant will help your plant flourish and become healthy.

You can use those tips for other plants to always keep in mind what factors can affect the proper growth of the plant.

Apply what we learned here today, and your Pilea plants (and others) will flourish in no time.

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