PLANT SERIES: Pilea

INTRODUCTION

Hello lovely friends - welcome to our new Inspiration Series, highlighting our favorite Plant + Planter pairings. One of the most common questions we receive from customers who have purchased planters is - "What plant do you recommend pairing with my planter?"  This question has inspired this new series and we're excited to share our recommendations with you in this way. Recommendations are handpicked by company owner, Chentell Shannon. Each post highlights her thoughts as well as features images and tips curated by our staff. 

Hope you all enjoy!

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PLANTER: THE 5" RIVETED PLANTER

Notes from company owner, Chentell Shannon

One of the main principles I contemplate when choosing plant pairings is proportions. I find it especially important for smaller planters. When selecting a pairing, I emphasize that visually and functionally, the plant shouldn't overpower the planter. For the 5" Riveted Planter, I recommend pairing it with a 3-4" plant. This measurement refers to the plastic container size that the plant will come in when you purchase it from your local nursery. Purchasing your plant a size down will ensure that 1.) the plant isn't visually too large and that 2.) the plant will fit within the planter with additional room to grow. 

When selecting plant pairings I find that I am typically drawn to wide, lower siting sprouts. Mathematically, I like the height of my plants to be the same or slighting shorter than the height of the planter. And the bulk width of the plant, I like to be hovering above the width of the planter rim or bottom dish (whichever is wider) with a handful of individual sprouts or sprawling leaves extending slightly beyond. This isn't a hard rule - just a common observation I have when looking around at the plants I've chosen to be in my home. These are the pairings that feel most balanced, especially in our straight planter forms like the 5" Riveted Planter

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PLANT: Pilea

Pileas are captivating because of their darling circular leaves. The plant has a bight, spunky feel and I often can't look at one without cracking a smile. When searching through Pilea options at the nursery, I did however find that there was a variety of options to choose from in terms of overall plant shape. Some were bundled in a rounder, organic growth of leaves and others had a stark stem with chaotic growths appearing in various lengths and directions. I was specifically drawn to the lower sitting bundled form. These visually felt more balanced. I did a little research and found that Pilea leaves will grow in the direction of the sun, so simply rotating the plant 1-3 times a week will help keep that proportional, bundled look as the plant grows.

Read below for a couple more care tips from our staff! 

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 1. Remove the Pilea from the nursery container by holding the stems closest to the dirt

1. Remove the Pilea from the nursery container by holding the stems closest to the dirt

 2. Line the planter base with small layer of dirt before planting

2. Line the planter base with small layer of dirt before planting

 3. Place the Pilea in the planter and fill all the empty space with loose soil

3. Place the Pilea in the planter and fill all the empty space with loose soil

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PLANT CARE TIPS

Tips curated by Convivial Staff referencing written and online research

Again, we're not plant experts at Convivial but we did want to offer a couple care tips that we came across from our research.

  • Place in bright light, with no direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the plant leaves.

  • Rotate 1-3 times a week to keep leaves growing proportionally around the main plant stem.

  • Water regularly - once a week on average but needs may vary by season.

  • Pairing with a planter that has drainage is necessary. All of our planters come with drainage, so you're in luck! Explore all planters here.

  • Let the soil run mostly dry between watering

  • Clean leaves as you see they accumulate dust

  • Propagate, propagate, propagate!

Thank you for reading! Automatically receive 10% off when collecting as a Set of 2. If you have any comments, stories about Pileas or tips, please feel free to share in the comments below. 

Be sure to look out for our next Plant Inspiration release and email us at info@convivialproduction.com with any product questions!

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