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Friendship Plant Care Guide and Profile

The friendship plant is an easy to care for beautiful plant that has beautiful textured leaves with varying color patterns.

Just as the name suggest the friendship plant is a popular houseplant to share with friends. Because it is a simple and quick plant to propagate. This plant originates from South and Central America. It grows and propagates quickly making it the perfect gift for a beginner plant parent.

Many people choose to grow this beautiful houseplant in a terrarium. It loves high humidity and dappled daylight. Keep this plant in the right soil mixture with the proper amount of light and water and it will reward you with beautiful growth.

Friendship plant leaves
Friendship Plant (Pilea Involucrata)

This plant loves humidity and may present with brown leaf tips if it is not getting enough. You can raise the humidity level by adding a small humidifier next to the plant. Another quick and cheap option is to fill a small tray with water and place some pebbles in it. Keep the tray next to the plant and it will benefit from the added humidity.

If your plant is starting to get leggy growth you can pinch back the growth to prune it into a bushy shape. Another option is to let it grow as a trailing plant.

It is pretty simple to tell if this plant is unhappy. It will wilt quickly if it needs water. However, it can also wilt if it gets too much water and is beginning to get root rot. Keep on an even watering schedule to maintain the health of your friendship plant.

friendship plant varieties
Pilea Mollis or Moon Valley Friendship Plant

If you don’t get a cutting from a friend, you can purchase this plant at local nurseries or online. We like to purchase this plant from Etsy

Easy Care Houseplants:

We have compiled an easy to read printable care guide for this plant. Read below to learn how to keep your plant happy and healthy.

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Friendship Plant Care Guide

friendship plant varieties

The Friendship Plant is a stylish plant with textured leaves and varying color patterns.

This plant can grow in a bushy shape or trail depending on how you prune it.

This Care Guide will teach you how to keep this tropical plant happy all through the year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy

Instructions

Soil Preference:

  1. This plant requires a quick draining soil.
  2. A mix of potting soil and perlite will keep the roots happiest.
  3. Two parts potting soil to one part perlite.
  4. A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for these plants.

Pot Size and Type:

  1. The friendship plant can grow in a regular pot or a hanging pot
  2. If you want to encourage faster growth choose a pot about 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot.
  3. Any well drained pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
  4. Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
  5. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one unless you wish to encourage faster growth. Just go to the next size up pot.

Lighting:

  1. The friendship plant enjoys bright indirect or dappled light.
    It will tolerate lower indirect light it if has some brighter moments in the day.
  2. Some filtered sunlight from a window will be appreciated.
  3. Shield this plant from strong direct light in summer south and west sunny windows. The leaves will get scorched.
  4. Tip: Window sheers or blinds can offset some brief periods of high direct light.

Watering:

  1. Water your plant when the soil is dry. Try a watering schedule of every other week.
  2. Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
  3. This tropical plant enjoys humidity. In dry climates this plant will thrive with a humidifier nearby. OR use a pebble tray under the pot filled half way with water.
  4. In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
  5. Never let this plant get wet feet. Water when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. If the soil is compacted the bottom of the soil can remain wet which encourages root rot and fungus gnats.

How to Fertilize:

  1. Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
  2. Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the plant to rest through the winter months.

Temperature:

  1. Keep the plant at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.

Pruning and Training:

  1. Pruning will give you a fuller plant with more even growth. But it's not necessary with the friendship plant unless you want to shape it.
  2. Sharp Hand pruners are preferred for pruning. They will give a clean cut that will heal quickly.

Table Top Plants:

  1. It’s easy to prune and shape these plants to whatever length and fullness you desire.
  2. If your plant becomes leggy, just prune the top to create a bushy structure

Pests:

  1. This plant is not fussy and resists pests. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
  2. Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
  3. Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
  4. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
  5. To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
  6. Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.

How to Propagate:

  1. Top stem cuttings are a great way to propagate this plant
  2. Place the cuttings in moist soil stem down.
  3. Pat the moist soil around the base of the cuttings so they stand upright.
  4. Place a bag or plastic over the top of the cuttings to create a humid environment.
  5. The cuttings will root in about a month.

Notes

This plant is non toxic to both pets and children

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Many people choose to grow the friendship plant in a terrarium. It loves high humidity and dappled daylight. Keep this plant in the right soil mixture with the proper amount of light and water and it will reward you with beautiful growth.

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