What to do if your Pilea peperomioides is showing curling leaves

What to do if your Pilea peperomioides is showing curling leaves

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  • If curled leaves begin to show on the bottom of your Pilea, this is typically a sign of it having received too much water.

  • Alternatively, if it is the leaves at the top which are curling, this could instead be a result of being exposed to too much sunlight.

  • However, even if the curled leaves only seem to be showing at the top, it’s still a good idea to check on your watering to make sure that everything is okay, as it could still be a warning sign of potential overwatering.

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Try to make sure that your Pilea is placed in the best possible conditions - consider moving it to a different site in your home if its light needs don’t seem to be being met correctly, e.g. place it in a shadier area if it is showing signs of having received too much sunlight.

In addition, you should check on your watering schedule to see that your plant is getting the right amount of water - not too much and not too little.

If your watering and your light conditions all seem to be okay but your Pilea’s leaves are still curling, you may want to check its drainage. Pileas always like to be planted in a pot with drainage holes, so if your pot does not have holes, you may want to consider repotting it. However, sometimes your plant may appear to drain very slowly even if there are adequate drainage holes. If this is the case, you may need to change the type of soil you are using, or you could try manually aerating it to stop the soil from becoming compacted. Usually, an all-purpose potting mix is suitable for Chinese money plants.