Pilea Grandifolia

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All plants come with character. At this time and age, you’ll find a plant that suits your character. Each plant has its beauty, from tall garden plants to tiny succulents. For today’s article, we will discuss a specific succulent called Pilea Grandifolia. 

Pilea Grandifolia is native to Jamaica. It thrives in humid forests and calcareous rocks. Pilea Grandifolia comes from the Latin term “pileus” and “grandis,” which refers to felt caps worn by Romans during feasts and leaves covering the fruit or female flower. It is also commonly known as the “Alligator Pilea”, “Pilea Grandis,” “Jamaica Pilea,” and “Maroon Bush.” 

Pilea Grandifolia Physical Appearance

It is an evergreen semi-shrubby succulent growing up to 5 meters tall. Pilea Grandifolia has fragile green stems and stipules – that protect the leaves during their initial phase. The leaves are typically fleshy, green with a touch of bronze, and have prominent veins. Its leaves are narrowly ovate, round, and sometimes wholly V-shaped. Pilea Grandifolia produces tiny clustered pink to coral flowers from January to September. 

Pilea Grandifolia Propagation Guide

Alligator Pilea can be easily propagated through stem cuttings. When propagating your succulent, make sure that you use a clean garden knife to avoid the spread of any existing bacteria found in your plant. Remember to allow your cuttings to be calloused for two to three days before replanting. 

DO YOU KNOW? Caring (propagating, pruning/trimming, beheading, watering, …) is a set of skills that is widely applicable to succulents. Read the in-depth guide here >>

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Proper Plant Guide

  • Sunlight: Pilea Grandifolia prefers bright indirect sunlight. When placed indoors, put your plant by the window, wherein it can still get enough sunlight. This is not enough in some situations, so providing artificial light to your Pilea Grandifolia is better. Too much sun exposure might turn the leaves of your succulent yellow. 
  • Watering: Alligator Pilea might need more watering compared to a cactus. Checking its soil is a good indication of when to water your plant. During the spring and summer, you must keep the first two inches of your plant’s soil moist. However, during its dormant period, winter and fall, allow your soil to be arid before watering. 
  • Soil and Container: Choose the right pot and soil mixture for your Alligator Pilea. You may purchase these from your local garden centers. Ensure the pot has enough draining holes and the size for your succulent. Use a succulent potting mixture with perlite and leaf mold to improve drainage. 
  • Temperature: 65°F to 75°F. During winter, you should place your Pilea Grandifolia indoors to avoid frostbite. Pilea Grandifolia thrives in humid to typical room temperature environments. It can only survive in an environment not lower than 50°F. 
  • Pruning: You may prune to maintain its size and height. Pinch the topmost stem to prevent it from spreading to the entire plant. 
  • Fertilizer: During its growing period, which is spring and summer, you may feed your Pilea Grandifolia with half-strength regular house plant liquid fertilizer. 

DO YOU KNOW? Caring (propagating, pruning/trimming, beheading, watering, …) is a set of skills that is widely applicable to succulents. Read the in-depth guide here >>

Richard Miller – Succulent City


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