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Reflections on Pilea peperomiodes and the resilience of plants

It’s been almost a year since I rescued this Pilea peperomiodes in response to a post on fbook. I think the post said ‘this plant no longer sparks joy - please take it. FREE.” At the time I picked it up it had four very tiny leaves, was infested with sooty mold and white flies, and smelled rotten.  No wonder it wasn’t sparking joy.The discovery of pests on this plant was not good. I had other plants in the house I needed to consider, so this little bebe had to go in the back yard. I wiped its little leaves, replanted it in a terra cotta pot (the same one it’s still in, actually), and basically just said “good luck,...

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