How to grow and care for Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra) Indoors

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Houseplant, Satin Pellionia

Botanical name: Pellionia pulchra
Family: Urticaceae

Satin Pellionia bears small variegated leaves in green and silver, with darker stems and is perfect for the terrarium, bottle garden or a hanging basket plant.

The Satin Pellionia has a high humidity requirement and does not like cold draughts but if provided with these requirements it is a beautiful hanging basket indoor plant.

Satin Pellionia is native to South East Asia in Burma, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Another variety of Pellionia that is grown indoors is Pellionia repens commonly called Polynesian Ivy Vine which bears a pale central band on each leaf where the outer margin may be olive or bronzy green.

The Best Indoor Growing Conditions for Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra)

The Best Light for Satin Pellionia

The best light for Satin Pellionia is bright light or semi-shade and away from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Satin Pellionia

Water your Satin Pellionia liberally during the growing season and keep the soil moist at all times. Reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil slightly moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the soil for your Satin Pellionia is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


The Best Temperature for Satin Pellionia

The best temperature for Satin Pellionia is average warmth with a minimum of 150C.

Protect your Satin Pellionia from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

The Best Humidity for Satin Pellionia

Satin Pellionia prefers a humid environment inorder to thrive. Raise humidity for your Satin Pellionia by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Satin Pellionia can also be grown in a plant terraium as a high humidity and warmth can be maintainted in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Satin Pellionia

Feed your Satin Pellionia with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding your Satin Pellionia during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may cause fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Satin Pellionia

Repot your Satin Pellionia during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound as it grows best when pot-bound.

Use a rich, free-draining soil and a pot one size larger for your Satin Pellionia.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual loss of your plant.

How to prune Satin Pellionia

Pruning Satin Pellionia involves; pinching any flower buds as they appear. The flowers require a lot of nourishment from the plant which may affect its proper growth.

Remove any dead foliage frequently to keep your Satin Pellionia neat and tidy.

Pinch off the growing tips of your Satin Pellionia to encourage bushyness and prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

How to Propagate Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra)

Satin Pellionia can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem-tip cuttings or by plant division. Stem cuttings root easily and there is no need for a rooting hormone.

How to propagate Satin Pellionia from stem-tip cuttings

Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Satin Pellionia.

Ensure each Satin Pellionia cutting has at least one set of leaves and 2-3 leaf nodes.

Insert the Satin Pellionia cuttings in moist rooting soil. Ensure the soil is free-draining and the rooting container has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed on the Satin Pellionia cuttings.

Transfer the new Satin Pellionias to individual pots and begin routine care. For a fuller plant, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to propagate Satin Pellionia by plant division

Take out your Satin Pellionia from its pot and carefully divide it into several sections.

Pot these Satin Pellionia sections in individual pots and place the set up in a cool, shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges. Allow the new Satin Pellionia plants to be well established before transplanting.

Common Problems in Growing Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra) Indoors

Why does my Satin Pellionia have brown leaf tips and edges?

Brown leaf tips and edges in your Satin Pellionia are caused by dry air.

Raise the humidity for your Satin Pellionia by setting the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Satin Pellionia can also be grown in a plant terraium where a high humidity can be maintainted. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Why does my Satin Pellionia have brown, wilting leaves?

Underwatering your Satin Pellionia is the cause of brown, wilting leaves.

Maintain the soil moist at all times for your Satin Pellionia and never allow the soil to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Why is my Satin Pellionia losing (shedding) leaves?

Loss of leaves in your Satin Pellionia is due to sudden drop in temperature due to cold draughts.

Protect your Satin Pellionia from cold draughts to prevent sudden drop in temperature. Maintain an average temperature for your vine. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Why does my Satin Pellionia have brown-grey dust on the leaves?

Brown-grey dust on the leaves of your Satin Pellionia is an indication of Powdery Mildew Disease which is prevalent in a warm humid environment.

Isolate the affected Satin Pellionia to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it accordingly.

Which plant pests attack Satin Pellionia?

The common pests in Satin Pellionia are Aphids, Scale Insects, Whiteflies and Mealy Bugs.

Isolate the affected Satin Pellionia to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it accordingly.

Is Satin Pellionia toxic?

Satin Pellionia (Pellionia pulchra) is non-toxic to humans and pets. Satin Pellionia is safe to grow indoors.

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