Pilea Depressa (The Depressed Clearweed)

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Cactuses come in different shapes and sizes. Given this, you’ll indeed find a plant for your liking. For today’s article, we will talk about a crawling type of succulent called Pilea Depressa. This succulent is native to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other tropical regions. Pilea depressa has a creeping growth habit and comes from the Urticaceae family.  

Pilea Depressa Physical Appearance

It is known to have small leaves with scalloped edges. The leaves alternately grow in a stem. Typically, Pilea Depressa is small and a popular indoor plant. On average, it can grow up to 2 to 3 inches. As a creeping succulent and due to its physical appearance, Pilea Depressa is mainly seen in hanging baskets. Due to its physical appearance, this succulent is commonly known as a false nestle, depressed clearweed and baby tears plant. The most popular feature of Pilea Depressa is its bright green leaves. 

Pilea Depressa Propagation Guide

The most preferred type of propagation for yours is through stem cuttings. To avoid the spread of bacteria, make sure you allow your cuttings to be calloused before replanting. When replanting, use a moist soil mixture; slightly cover your Pilea depressa with moss. 

Proper Plant Guide

  • Sunlight: Place yours under bright indirect sunlight to grow fully. Indirect sunlight is still much appreciated to avoid damaging your Pilea Depressa. In case placed indoors, make sure to provide an artificial source of light for your succulent. You can also place your plant by the window so that it can still get enough sunlight. 
  • Watering: Moderately water during its growing season. Remember to allow your succulent soil to dry first before rewatering. You must be mindful of the proper watering frequency, as most plants that suffered overwatering can no longer survive afterward. Root rot, among others, is one of the most common effects of overwatering your succulent. 

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  • Soil: Requiring a well-draining and moist soil mixture to avoid root rot. You can get your soil mixture in your local garden center, or you can even create your mixture by combining perlite or sand with your cactus soil. It is also essential to check your succulent pot to check if it has enough drainage holes.
  • Temperature: This succulent prefers environments at around 60% humidity. Pilea Depressa prefers an environment of 70°F to 85°F. 
  • pH Level: 6 to 7.
  • Toxicity: Good news for pet lovers, Pilea Depressa is non-toxic to animals. You don’t need to worry about having your cats or dogs around this succulent. 


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