pilea / pilea
It belongs to the nettle family. Homeland - Southeast Asia.
General description: Decorative leafy plant. There is an impressive variety of types and forms of pili, bush and ampel. They are quite unpretentious. A pile flaw is a tendency to stretch and strip the stems, so it is useful to periodically cut and pinch them to enhance bushiness. Usually each spring plant is updated easily rooted cuttings.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Pilea cadieri (Pyla cadier) - a bush 30-40 cm tall, erect stems. Leaves up to 7 cm long, oval, pointed and slightly jagged at the ends. The surface of the sheet is wavy. Coloring - silvery specks between veins.
Pilea Norfolk (Pilea Norfolk) is a bush plant. In bright light paint sheet has a bronze tint. The bottom side of the sheet is red.
Pilea repens (Pilea creeping) - owns the creeping stems. The leaves are rounded, with a wavy margin, small, with a shiny surface. Color - dark green with a copper tint. The bottom side of the leaf is purple.
Pilea microphylla (small-leaved Pilea or mossy) is the only kind of pili that does not have any decorative leaves. It is a herbaceous plant with pinnate-branching stems and pale green rounded leaves just 0.3 cm long. Can grow up to 50 cm tall.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Pyla:
Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light.
Irrigation mode : Moderate during the period of growth, strange in the winter, to the measure of drying out of the soil. Does not love in any way overflowing, nor drying up of the earth. Water with soft water.
Humidity : Requires regular spraying.
Temperature conditions : In the summer, optimally 18-20 ° C, in winter 16-17 ° C, not lower than 12 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: leaf, humus, 1 share of peat land and 1 share of sand.
During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once a fortnight with liquid fertilizer for houseplants.
Breeding : Pylaea is easily diluted with stem cuttings.
Transplant : Annually, in the spring.
Pests : Affected by spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stalks are woven over with spiderwebs), thrips (grayish dots appear on the leaves), scutes (brown plaques appear on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions).
With a slight infection, the plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water and warm washing.
In case of severe injury, spraying with an insecticide solution (actellic, decis, fitoverm, etc.) is recommended.
pilea norfolk - pilea norfolk
small-leaved pylae - pilea microphylla
pilea creeping - pilea repens
pyla bronze - pilea bronze