Plant Care Artillery Plant

Artillery Plant

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 11/24/2023

4.7 out of 5 (15 experiences)

Artillery Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Artillery Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Artillery Plant

Pilea plants are native to regions worldwide, and often have succulent, water-storing leaves. A handful of them are grown as houseplants, but the rest of the 600+ species are wild plants. Their name comes from the Latin for 'felt cap' which refers to the unique way that their fruits are protected. Fossils of Pilea species have been found dating back over 5 million years ago!

Taxonomy

Pilea depressa
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Pilea Baby Tears, Pilea Baby Tears, Kiereweed, Baby's Tears and Tiny Tears

How to care for Artillery Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Artillery Plant

Water needs for Artillery Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Artillery Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Artillery Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Pilea Baby Tears in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Artillery Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Artillery Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Artillery Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Artillery Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Artillery Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Artillery Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Artillery Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Common Pilea Baby Tears Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Artillery Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Pilea Baby Tears Water Frequency →

Pilea Baby Tears Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Artillery Plant may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Pilea Baby Tears Light Requirements →

Pilea Baby Tears Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Pilea Baby Tears Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Artillery Plant doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Pilea Baby Tears Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Artillery Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Pilea Baby Tears →

When and How to Successfully Repot Pilea Baby Tears →


💩 Fertilizer

Artillery Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Pilea Baby Tears →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Artillery Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Artillery Plant is native to Worldwide.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Artillery Plant has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Artillery Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Artillery Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Artillery Plant

Artillery Plant

Artillery Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Artillery Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Artillery Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Artillery Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Artillery Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Artillery Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Artillery Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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leaf-1 17 Plants
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globe Homer City, PA
09/21/2021

Fast growing. Will take over if planted with others

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
08/19/2021

I love this plant, it’s fairly easy only a few issues (brown leaves every now and then) but super pretty otherwise!

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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 6,019 XP
07/31/2021

I’ve had this plant for about a month. I purchased a cutting, It’s doubled in size. I have positioned on a window sill of a window that faces south.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 520 XP
globe Olney, MD
05/17/2021

Grows really fast :)

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Norwich, England
05/17/2021

I love this plant. It’s just so darn cute and really really easy to propagate. I would recommend this if you want an easy fast growing plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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