How to Look After Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' (Friendship Plant) - A Care Guide

Updated: Mar 12

Here's some tips on how to care for a Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' so that you can get the best out of this evergreen perennial.

A Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' being held up at the Garden Geeks store. | Garden Geeks UK
A Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' at the Garden Geeks store.

The friendship plant


The Pilea Norfolk is an evergreen perennial and trailing vine, native to Central and South America.

Named the Friendship Plant for how easy they are to propagate (and give to all your friends), Pilea involucrata root very well from cuttings and especially love being propagated in water, creating a huge network of roots when left throughout the growing season.


Light


Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' enjoy moderate to bright, indirect light. Avoid too much direct sunlight otherwise their leaves may start to scorch.


Soil


Your Pilea involucrata will grow best in loose, well draining soil with plenty of organic matter. Adding some perlite to your soil will help with drainage and aeriation.


Watering


This Pilea 'Norfolk' prefers moderate, even moisture and it's always best to let the soil dry out slightly between watering.

  • Spring/Summer: water when 20% of the top soil has dried out.

  • Autumn/Winter: allow 40% of the top soil to dry out.

Humidity


Pilea involucrata can survive humidity levels around 50%, but will thrive in a more humid environment. Mist regularly or locate in a not too dark bathroom to prevent crisping of the leaves.

The Friendship Plant’s love for humidity makes it an ideal candidate for closed terrariums and bottle gardens.


Temperature


The Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' is happiest in temperatures between 18-23 degrees Celsius. Avoid placing the plant near radiators or cold drafts.


Toxicity


This Pilea is not toxic, making it safe for cats, dogs and children.


Growth


The Pilea involucrata can grows up to 30cm and will then tend to creep horizontally, but can be pruned to keep a bushy, compact effect.


Pilea involucrata 'Norfolk' make great candidates for terrariums. If you're interested in making a terrarium, we've written a guide on how to start.

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