Plant Care Dark Mystery Pilea

Dark Mystery Pilea

Reviewed by: | 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!


Pilea 'Dark Mystery'

How to care for Dark Mystery Pilea


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

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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 🏡.


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.

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Care Summary for Dark Mystery Pilea

Dark Mystery Pilea

Dark Mystery Pilea

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.

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