Plant Care Silver Cloud Pilea

Silver Cloud Pilea

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

4.5 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Silver Cloud Pilea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Silver Cloud Pilea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Silver Cloud 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 pubescens 'Silver Cloud'

How to care for Silver Cloud Pilea


How often to water your Silver Cloud Pilea

Water needs for Silver Cloud Pilea
0.5 cups
every 9

Silver Cloud 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 Silver Cloud Pilea

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Silver Cloud Pilea in your home

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

Silver Cloud 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 Silver Cloud Pilea in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Silver Cloud Pilea

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

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Care Summary for Silver Cloud Pilea

Silver Cloud Pilea

Silver Cloud 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.

What other plant parents say

Silver Cloud Pilea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Silver Cloud Pilea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Silver Cloud Pilea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
@Doornbell avatar
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 1,416 XP
globe Redmond, WA

I struggled with this one for a while and decided to throw it in a terrarium just to see how that would go. It’s growing like a weed and I have been able to propagate it dozens of times now. Needs tons of humidity and a consistent fertilizer

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@egotopia avatar
leaf-1 69 Plants
xp 9,427 XP
globe Jacksonville, FL

Grows pretty slowly. It tolerates low light so I keep mine in a bathroom with a west facing window and humidity between 45-85%

Survivor Survivor

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