The Friendship Plant is a small adorable plant from the genus Pilea that does quite well in indirect or low light and high humidity, making it the perfect terrarium plant. Growing up to a maximum of 12 inches or 30 cm tall, it can fit easily in larger terrariums, but can also be pruned back heavily to allow it to survive quite comfortably in a smaller container as well. Best of all, the cuttings you make while pruning the Friendship Plant will root quite easily, meaning that you can buy one and then clone from it for all your other terrarium projects!
The Friendship Plant appreciates a high humidity level, making it an ideal choice for a closed terrarium, or one that only has a very narrow opening to prevent too much water from evaporating. Be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight, but don’t starve it for light either. It does best in bright, indirect sunlight, but be sure not to let the noon sun fall on it or it may get burned rapidly.
In order to keep the Friendship Plant in a small terrarium, prune it regularly by snipping the growing ends of each stem to make it bush out instead of get too stretched out, or ‘leggy’ as it is sometimes known to gardeners. Be sure to do this regularly, or you may find that the textural quality of the plant in the terrarium has been significantly diminished! Since the beautiful texture of the leaves and the effect it creates as the plant bushes out is one of the most appealing characteristics about the Moon Valley Friendship Plant, don’t neglect it!
The best soil for Friendship Plants is a terrarium standard peat moss soil base, which goes well with many other terrarium plants and mosses.
There are a couple of different cultivars or types of the Friendship Plant, including Moon Valley (shown on this page) and the Norfolk variant, which has less red and more silver colour in the leaves. With some variety of colour choice, there is room for the Friendship Plant in almost any kind of humid terrarium, no matter what colour scheme you’re trying to create.
Best of all? Friendship Plants are easy to find and very cheap to buy! If you live in the United States, check out our links below to get some plants and have them shipped right to your door.