Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
Chinese Money Plant is an erect, succulent, evergreen perennial that is native to southern China. This hard to find, but easy to care for house plant can reach up to 12" tall and gets equally wide with 17" petioles that bare 4" round, dark and bright green, leaves. Since constant temperatures and high humidity have a positive effect on plant growth, this plant species is suitable for planting terrariums. We are currently selling 2" bare rooted plant of this variety.
Also known as: Pancake plant, UFO plant, Lefse plant, or Missionary plant.
Native Range: Southern China
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Light: Indoor Shade or Grow Light. Light-wise, the best situation for a Chinese money plant is bright light, with no direct sunlight. Direct sun scorches leaves, and light shade may encourage larger leaves.
Water: Low. The soil needs to mostly dry out between waterings with more watering required in warmer, sunnier weather. If the leaves start to look slightly droopy, that’s a sign that the plant needs water.
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry. Well drained.
Feeder: Treat monthly with an all-purpose plant fertilizer during the spring and summer growing seasons.
Containers?: Yes. A pot with drainage holes is necessary.
Attracts Beneficial Insects: No.
Maintenance: Low. To keep your Chinese money plant nicely shaped, rotate it at least once a week to prevent it from getting lopsided. The large leaves tend to accumulate dust, so these plants benefit from regular showers, or at least wiping down of their leaves.
Propagation: This plant will eventually send pups up through the soil, which you can separate from the mother plant. Follow the stem about an inch under the soil, and use a clean, sharp knife to cut the baby plant free. Plant in a new pot and keep the soil moist until the plant is well-anchored and begins to produce new leaves. New pups also grow straight from the stem, and you can cut these free, place in water until roots develop in a week or two, and then follow the same directions as above. Learn to do it yourself, then spread the wealth!
Plant Height: 12”
Sow Depth: 1”
Produces: 17" petioles that bare 4" round, dark and bright green, leaves.
USDA Grow Zone: 9b-11 (Outdoors)