Plant Care Dark Mystery Pilea

Dark Mystery Pilea

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 11/05/2021

About Dark Mystery Pilea

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 'Dark Mystery'
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

How to care for Dark Mystery Pilea

💦 Water

How often to water your Dark Mystery Pilea

Water needs for Dark Mystery Pilea
0.5 cups
every 9

Dark Mystery Pilea 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 Dark Mystery Pilea

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dark Mystery Pilea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dark Mystery Pilea: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Dark Mystery Pilea 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 Dark Mystery Pilea in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dark Mystery Pilea

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Dark Mystery Pilea 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.

Dark Mystery Pilea Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dark Mystery Pilea 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 🏡.

Dark Mystery Pilea Light Requirements →

Dark Mystery Pilea 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.


💨 Humidity

Dark Mystery Pilea 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.

Dark Mystery Pilea Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dark Mystery Pilea 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 Dark Mystery Pilea →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dark Mystery Pilea →


💩 Fertilizer

Dark Mystery Pilea 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 Dark Mystery Pilea →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Dark Mystery Pilea 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

Dark Mystery Pilea 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 Dark Mystery Pilea

Dark Mystery Pilea

Dark Mystery Pilea


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.

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