Small leaves Pilea peperomioides


My Pilea peperomioides looks healthy, has many ‘babies’ and many leaves but almost all the leaves look small compared to photos I’ve seen. I have not fertilized it. Is that the problem?


Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners.

Pilea peperomioides has many different varieties with many variations in leaf size. If your plant looks healthy and is growing well you may just have a small leaved variety.

Care for this plant is fairly straight forward. You need to ensure the plant has ample indirect light. When watering ensure that the soil dries out between waterings. Always check the soil before watering to ensure it is dry so you do not inadvertently over water it. Good drainage is also important so it is never sitting in water.

If your plant has been growing in the same soil for a long period of time it has probably used up the nutrients that were available in the soil. Repotting with new soil or adding fertilizer can help. For fertilizer recommendations you can ask at your local nursery. It is important to follow the directions which come with the fertilizer you choose.