The Pilea peperomioides is a beautiful house plant and very easy plant to propagate. The Pilea plant goes by many names, such as the Chinese money plant, Pancake plant, Pass it on plant or UFO.
Once a healthy and developed Pilea starts to grow little plantlets, you can simply remove them the mother plant and plant into a new pot.
In this post I’m going to share with you exactly how to propagate your Pilea and how you will know when your plantlets are ready to be propagated.
Are your plantlets ready to be propagated?
Before you remove the the baby Pilea from the mother plant, you need to make sure the babies are big enough to survive on their own. The best thing to do is wait until they are more established before removing them. Wait until the plantlets are at least 2 inches tall before you remove them from the mother plant, this will give them the best chance of thriving in their new home.
You can take cuttings of your Pilea any time of year, but the best time is spring when the plant has the most energy, in my video below I took a cutting of my Pilea in May which is a great time to propagete a Pilea plant.
How to remove the Pilea plantlets
To propagate your Pilea babies from the mother plant, first loosen the soil around the mother plant, this will make it easier to see to the plantlets roots.
Once you’ve loosened the soil, gently dig your fingers around the plantlets. You want to find the end of the roots which will be a couple of inches down, the roots can be easily broken so make sure you’re careful when doing this.
Once you’ve found the end of the plantlet’s roots, gently remove it from the soil. I just used my fingers and finger nails to remove them, but you might prefer to use a knife.
Repotting your Pilea cuttings
The baby Pileas will should already have established roots, therefore you can put them directly in the soil. Otherwise you can also place them into water first to let more roots grow through.
I placed my cuttings directly into its new pot which was filled with multi-purpose compost, I then added some more compost on top and gently pushed the top down with my thumbs.
Once you’ve repotted your Pilea cutting, make sure you give it some water and place it in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight. Your plant has been through some stress after been removed from the mother plant and being repotted, so don’t worry too much if the leafs look a little sad. Just keep an eye on it and water it regularly, it should bounce back soon.