Chinese Money Plant
Pilea peperomioides, 4"
The palm-sized flat circular leaves are precariously positioned on top of their petiole, giving it a springy appearance. This plant is incredibly popular and is often trending online.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Other Common Names: Pancake Plant, Pilea, UFO Plant
- Binomial Name: Pilea peperomioides
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Bright to medium, indirect light
- Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil become dry
- Pet Friendly: Yes
Probably one of the more peculiar plants on our list. This plant is incredibly popular and is often trending online. Palm-sized flat circular leaves are precariously positioned on top of their petiole, giving it a springy appearance. Watch for new shoots popping up through the soil as your plant grows - these can be divided and repotted.
PlantX Top Tip: Remove secondary plants that pop up after they have two-three established leaves, Place them in damp soil and your little pilea should take root in a few weeks!
How to Care for Chinese Money Plant
- Light: Prefers bright to medium, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.
- Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F to 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Remove the new shoots that pop up after they have two-three established leaves, place them in damp soil, and your little pilea should take root in a few weeks!
- Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Support the leaves while gently brushing off dust or debris to keep them looking clean and healthy.
- Toxicity: Non-toxic. Always keep plants out of reach of pets and children.
Chinese Money Plant - Common Problems
The stems of my Pilea are turning brown and falling off: This could be due to overwatering. Pilea is very susceptible to root rot. Always allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering again. Try to water around the edge of the pot to avoid watering directly on the base of the plant.
The leaves are starting to droop: Pilea peperomioides love to show us when they need water! If the soil is dry and you’ve followed our watering instructions, it’s safe to say the plant is being dramatic and showing us it's thirsty.
There are brown spots on the leaves: This is a common sign of overwatering. Reduce watering immediately and use a well-draining soil. If you are positive it is not overwatering, the brown spots could be a sign of another disease or pest or sun damage.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown.
Common Pests: Spider mites, mealy bugs, and fungus gnats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are pilea peperomioides toxic to cats?
These beautiful plants are safe for pets and children! It’s always best to keep any plant away from your furry friends and small humans.
How to prune pilea peperomioides?
Carefully remove the petioles that form along the main stem. If you want to create a more bushy growth habit, you can prune/pinch the top growth to encourage more lateral growth.
How to propagate pilea peperomioides in water?
The Pilea peperomioides develop small pups around the base of the plant. Remove the new shoots that pop up after they have two-three established leaves, place them in damp soil or a small glass of water, and your little pilea should take root in a few weeks!
Where should I put my Chinese money plant?
The Chinese Money Plant, Pilea peperomioides thrives in bright to medium light with no direct sunlight. Too much sun can burn the leaves causing irreversible damage. Chinese Money Plants would perform well near an east or west facing window.
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Came in perfect condition!
Gorgeous plant with no defects, arrived perfectly in a well packaged box. Will be shopping more!
Hi Jade, That's so amazing! Your money plant is the cutest we've ever seen, and we're so thrilled that it's thriving in its new home! Thanks for choosing PlantX! Stay Planted. Stay Curious. Stay Healthy. Best, Rochelle PlantX