Plant Care Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

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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!

Taxonomy

Pilea nummulariifolia
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Bird's Nest Pilea Crinkle and Bathroom bubbles

How to care for Creeping Charlie

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Creeping Charlie 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Creeping Charlie 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Creeping Charlie is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Creeping Charlie 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.


🪴 Soil

Creeping Charlie 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Creeping Charlie 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Creeping Charlie 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

Creeping Charlie is native to Worldwide.


🧐 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 Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie


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

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
@@Mehhkenna
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 107 XP
globe Westminster, CO
12/12/2021

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
@Rachsnak avatar
@@Rachsnak
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,740 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
03/23/2021

Keep it in the sun

Fast grower Fast grower
@franny avatar
@@franny
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 2,929 XP
globe Madison, WI
03/06/2021

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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