Plant Care Pilea Involucrata

Pilea Involucrata

5.0 out of 5 (11 experiences)

Pilea Involucrata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Pilea Involucrata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Pilea Involucrata

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 involucrata

Also known as

Friendship Plant, Friendship Plant and Panamiga

How to care for Pilea Involucrata


How often to water your Pilea Involucrata

Water needs for Pilea Involucrata
0.5 cups
every 9

Pilea Involucrata 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 Pilea Involucrata

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Friendship Plant in your home

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

Pilea Involucrata 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.

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How to fertilize Pilea Involucrata

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

Difficulty Level

Pilea Involucrata is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Pilea Involucrata

Pilea Involucrata

Pilea Involucrata

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

Pilea Involucrata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Pilea Involucrata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Pilea Involucrata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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