Problems

Why is my Pilea drooping?

If you start to notice that your Pilea’s leaves are drooping down then this may be a sign it is unhappy or in shock.

Why is my Pilea drooping?

If you start to notice that your Pilea’s leaves are drooping down then this may be a sign it is unhappy or in shock. The good news, however, is that drooping leaves are quite easy to fix and if there are no other problems it means that you have caught the problem early. The most common reasons why a Pilea may begin to droop is watering issues or environmental changes that cause shock.

Underwatering

One cause of drooping Pilea leaves is a lack of water. Although Pilea plants don’t like to be sitting in a lot of moisture, they will struggle if their soil is too dry for long periods of time. It is always important to keep an eye on the moisture levels in your Pilea’s soil so you know when your plant is ready for watering.

If you find that your Pilea’s soil feels very dry, water it a little every other day for a week. Your first instinct might be to give it lots of water straight away but this can actually be harmful to your plant if the soil goes from one extreme to the other. Yes, plant’s can get shocked too by a sudden change in environment. So instead you want to reintroduce frequent watering for a week or two and this should solve the problem.

Hopefully, with a bit of water your Pilea’s leaves should stop drooping. It is all about finding the right balance between not overwatering but also leaving it too long between waterings.

Overwatering

What is strange about drooping Pilea leaves is that it can be caused by both overwatering and underwatering. Overwatering is one of the biggest problems in the houseplant world as it can cause a whole range of issues that some plants can not recover from. However, if the leaves are drooping but are still quite green and healthy then the problem should not be so advanced.

Overwatering will very quickly lead to root rot which means the plant is unable to take up nutrients and water from the soil. This leaves your Pilea quite droopy and unstable.

If you think your Pilea might be suffering from overwatering and root rot replace the potting mix right away and trim away any rotten roots. Adjust your watering schedule to avoid repeating the problem and over the next few weeks, you should start to see your Pilea improve. It takes a little longer for the plant to recover from overwatering than some other issues due to the damage to the root system so don’t give up!

Environmental shock

If you have recently moved house or moved your Pilea to a new spot, then this change may be causing the leaves to droop. Plants can get quite stressed if their environment changes from one day to another and will show this in a variety of ways. One of which is drooping their leaves. It should be a temporary thing and if the new spot is just as good as the old one then there should be no reason why your Pilea won’t return to normal after a few days/weeks.

If you want to learn more about how to best care for your Pilea then check out our plant-specific guide or download our How to Care for your Houseplants ebook.

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