How Can I Care for Creeping Charlie House Plants?

Overview

Creeping Charlie, also known as Pilea nummulariifolia, according to the University of Florida, is part of the Pilea family of plants that are found in tropical regions all over the world. Creeping Charlie grows natively in the Caribbean, and it may be considered a weed in your yard, but it is also used as a houseplant. Creeping Charlie has an attractive ivy-like feel to it and works well in hanging baskets.

Step 1

Keep the creeping Charlie in an area with low to medium light, according to Oklahoma State University. Creeping Charlie needs between 150 and 500 foot-candles in which to thrive. This usually means you should keep it within 8 feet of a well-lit window.

Step 2

Maintain creeping Charlie at a temperature from 65 to 85 degrees F. Mist the creeping Charlie everyday if you live in a dry climate or keep the plant near an open window to increase the humidity around the plant.

Step 3

Water creeping Charlie thoroughly, letting the water seep out of the bottom of the container. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out between each watering, according to the Houseplant Water and Light Conditions Guide.

Step 4

Trim back any dead, damaged or diseased foliage on your creeping Charlie as it appears.

Step 5

Apply 1 tsp. of 3-1-2 water-soluble fertilizer once a month to the creeping Charlie and water it well. Sprinkle the fertilizer around the soil at the base of the plant before you water it.

Step 6

Repot the creeping Charlie every two to three years. Fill a container 2 to 3 inches larger than the creeping Charlie's current container with potting soil, dig a hole as deep as the creeping Charlie's root ball and twice as wide, and place the plant in the hole. Fill it in with soil and pat it down firmly. Water the creeping Charlie immediately after the transplant.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-1-2 water-soluble fertilizer
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle

References

  • University of Florida: Pilea Production Guide
  • Oklahoma State University: Houseplant Care Guide
  • Houseplant Water and Light Conditions Guide
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.