What does an overwatered pilea look like?

Discoloration and drooping leaves are the most prevalent symptoms of overwatered Pileas. Pileas that have been overwatered lose their deep green hue and begin to fade from pale green to yellow before the leaves break off and die.


If the stems of your Pilea have softened and all of the leaves have drooped, this is usually due to overwatering.

It is important to notice that some drooping at the plant’s base is natural since older leaves at the bottom lose vigor with age. If the majority of your leaves are drooping, rather than just a couple at the bottom, you most likely have an overwatering problem.

If you see mold or algae at the base of your plant, or if you smell a musty odor in the soil, you may have a larger problem, and the roots will need to be inspected for symptoms of root rot.

How do you fix curled leaves?

Curling leaves can be caused by a variety of pests.

Sucking insects, such as aphids, can distort and curl leaves. Aphids are soft-bodied insects that live on the undersides of leaves and at the plant’s growth tips. If you see any, sprinkle them with insecticidal soap.

Apply them again and again until they are gone. If the infestation is severe, you can clip off certain parts of the plant. Other insects that might produce curled houseplant leaves are thrips and whiteflies.

Excessive Water When your potting soil becomes too wet for an extended period of time, it can create curled leaves as well as root rot.

Allow the top inch or two (about 2.5 to 5 cm.) of soil to dry out to avoid curled leaves caused by wet soil.

Use pots with drainage holes at all times. Allow water to drain fully after watering, and never leave your potted plant in water for lengthy periods of time.

Excessive Lighting Too much light might also cause the leaves of your plant to curl.

Especially when elder leaves curl towards the ends of the leaves. In addition, the fresher leaves may be smaller than usual and have brown margins.

To correct curling leaves caused by excessive light, relocate your houseplant to a spot that receives more adequate light for the type of plant you have.

Learn about the appropriate light needs for your unique plant. Curled leaves on indoor plants can occur for a variety of causes.

Determine the root cause of your problem and then take the appropriate step to resolve it.

How do you fix droopy Pilea?

Examine the soil to check whether it is too dry or crumbly. Plunge your finger or a stick into the earth approximately 1-2 inches (depending on how deep your pot is). It’s time to water your Pilea if it feels dry to the touch or if the stick comes out dry (with no earth stuck to it).


Another sign that the soil is excessively dry is if it pulls away from the pot’s sides. In this situation, you should soak it thoroughly. And the plant prefers this strategy over a small amount of water because soaking allows the soil to absorb moisture uniformly. It also encourages the roots to grow deeper into the container. Simply watering your plant on the surface will result in shallow and weak roots.

The good news is that this will almost certainly correct the drooping of your Pilea leaves. Just give it a day and keep an eye out for any changes.

Is your soil adequately aerated? This is important because if the soil is excessively compacted, the plant’s roots will be unable to absorb water, no matter how much you provide. We created a whole page about how to correctly aerate the roots of your plants. But, in general, poke the dirt with a chopstick or a popsicle stick and gradually loosen it with back and forth strokes.

Take this into account when planning your watering schedule if you live in an extremely hot and dry region where temperatures routinely exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Naturally, when the temperature rises, your plant will dry up faster owing to transpiration.


Allow your plant to dry out after you have stopped overwatering it. If you haven’t been overwatering for a long time, this step should do the trick.

However, if your plant has been subjected to an excessive watering routine for an extended period of time, it may suffer long-term harm. The only way to find out is to dig the plant up and extensively investigate the root structure. Healthy roots are light-colored and tough.

They are strong enough to hold the soil in the form of the pot even when the root structure is removed from the pot. If the roots of your Pilea are brown, slimy, and mushy, your plant may be suffering from root rot. Check out our advice on how to treat Pilea root rot.

Move your plant to a location with greater lighting and see how it reacts. If you want the plant to stay erect, it should be facing slightly up at the sky. Plants are similar to people in this regard; imagine how miserable you’d be if you couldn’t view the sky very often.


Since we’re on the subject of light, you should be aware that Pilea dislikes bright direct light or direct sunlight. However, this is more likely to cause the leaves to burn or become brown rather than droop.

Will Pilea leaves grow back?

Can it regrow? A Pilea can revert to its original shape as long as one leaf remains connected to the main stem. If all that is left is the central stem, it is doubtful that it will survive, but there is still a possibility.

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