Plant Care Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant

4.7 out of 5 (106 experiences)

Chinese Money Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse plant, missionary plant, bender plant and mirror grass

Taxonomy

Pilea peperomioides
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

What other plant parents say

Chinese Money Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 75
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 51
Chinese Money Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 41
Chinese Money Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 27
Chinese Money Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 14
Chinese Money Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Chinese Money Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Chinese Money Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
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Tacoma, WA
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Bethany by Lionelfrankenstein on Greg, the plant care app
04/22/2021

These guys grow very fast, and they grow a ton of little pups you can propagate. Keep them in bright, indirect light, and rotate regularly as they have a tendency to lean and twist toward the sun if…

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Lucia avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named hemingway by Lucia on Greg, the plant care app
05/06/2021

when i first got it i was told to put in low/medium indirect light so i lost many leaves and it was not doing well. i since learned it likes bright light so i have moved it to a southwest facing wind…

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Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named 1BB by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
04/28/2021

One of my favorite plants. So unique and fuss-free. Very glad I added it to my collection. It has this delightful spiky and rubbery look. Doesn’t really brown or get crispy like plants with thinner…

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Katiel avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Pippa by Katiel on Greg, the plant care app
04/30/2021

I love this plants signature round leaves! It constantly looks like it has static electricity running through it the way it splays out in every direction. So quirky and fun. It’s not hard to care for…

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Drdrey avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Paul McCartney by Drdrey on Greg, the plant care app
04/03/2021

These are so cute and look amazing full and lush, as well as sparse and spikey. I have had some issues losing lots of leaves over the winter, and they can be quite delicate or just fussy (in my exper…

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@Teresa
Abingdon, VA
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Beefsteak begonia by Teresa on Greg, the plant care app
03/14/2021

Beefsteak begonia is an easy plant to care for if you observe the leaves. Never water until her leaves begin to droop, then she gets a thorough soak. No standing water or the rhizome will rot. She li…

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@Lemonleaf
Lexington, KY
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Penny ☆ by Lemonleaf on Greg, the plant care app
04/15/2021

One of my favs :) a very interesting and cute plant. Currently there are so many pups growing on my momma plant so I’m looking forward to having a bunch of little pileas! Does not like direct sun and…

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@Martin
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Gloria by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

I love the distinct shape of their leaves. Have only ever kept it close to a window. It thrived last summer and has survived winter so far (lost a few leaves). Can’t wait to see this one grow with sp…

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Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named 2BB by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
04/27/2021

So pretty and easy to care for. I usually water them when prompted, but always check for moist soil and snooze if it is. These plants have such a unique and bold look, they are a lively addition to …

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@Neeviez
Baltimore, MD
Rating of the plant Chinese Money Plant named Mica by Neeviez on Greg, the plant care app
04/15/2021

The only real issue with piles is that it is constantly reproducing. My mama plant has pushed out a dozen pups. I am always giving them to friends or potting them up. It’s a major grower and pretty r…

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How to care for Chinese Money Plant

Water

How often to water your Chinese Money Plant

Water needs for Chinese Money Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Money Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Philadelphia, PA.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Money Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Chinese Money Plant in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

70% Medium

Growing Chinese Money Plant in Philadelphia right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Philadelphia, PA

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 13th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sun…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Philadelphia, PA

Sunlight intensity will increase by 30.6% ☀️

May 12th, 2021

Philadelphia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to increase by 30.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 19.8 megajoules of energ…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Philadelphia, PA

Daylight will increase by 2.1 hours 📈

May 11th, 2021

This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 9.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 16.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.5 total hours o…

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Finding light for Chinese Money Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Money Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Chinese Money Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth..️

Philadelphia, PA currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Money Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Money Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Money Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Chinese Money Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Philadelphia, PA

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

May 13th, 2021

The growing potential in Philadelphia is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot …

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Care Summary for Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Philadelphia, PA, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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