Plant Care Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

4.6 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Creeping Charlie has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Creeping Charlie has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Creeping Charlie

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!


Pilea nummulariifolia

Also known as

Bird's Nest Pilea Crinkle and Bathroom bubbles

How to care for Creeping Charlie


How often to water your Creeping Charlie

Water needs for Creeping Charlie
0.5 cups
every 9

Creeping Charlie 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 Creeping Charlie

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Creeping Charlie in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Creeping Charlie: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Creeping Charlie 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 Creeping Charlie in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Creeping Charlie

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Creeping Charlie: 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 Creeping Charlie after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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

Creeping Charlie has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Creeping Charlie has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Creeping Charlie has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Creeping Charlie has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Mehhkenna avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 107 XP
globe Westminster, CO

He tells you exactly what he needs! He gets droopy, like dramatically drooping, then perks up after a couple of hours as if nothing happened!

Fast grower Fast grower
The_real_shamu avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 892 XP
globe Kihei, HI

This plant is my amber :(

Rachsnak avatar
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,266 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

Keep it in the sun

Fast grower Fast grower
Franny avatar
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 2,093 XP
globe Palo Alto, CA

Suuuuch a fast grower and is so happy. Likes to be watered fairly often

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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