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Gunpowder Plant

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

About Gunpowder 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!


Pilea microphylla

Also known as

Rockweed, Rockweed, Artillery Plant and Pilea microphylla.

How to care for Gunpowder Plant


How often to water your Gunpowder Plant

Water needs for Gunpowder Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Gunpowder 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 Gunpowder Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Rockweed in your home

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

Gunpowder 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 Gunpowder Plant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Gunpowder Plant

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Gunpowder Plant

Gunpowder Plant

Gunpowder Plant

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

Gunpowder Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Gunpowder Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
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leaf-1 33 Plants
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globe Mashpee, MA

Very pretty, remind me of the tree of life in mini version. Love it. Very easy to care

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leaf-1 21 Plants
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leaves fall of easily

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