Plant Care Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant

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

About Chinese Money Plant

The Chinese money plant was shared through cuttings and grown as a houseplant for 20 years before it was known or studied by British botanists! Pilea peperomioides was first collected in 1906 in the Tsangshan mountain range, which rises to almost 14,000 feet altitude just west of the ancient city of Dali in western Yunnan, China. ⛰

Later, while hardly known to Western scientific communities, the species was grown in thousands of private European homes as off-shoots passed from one person to another. 🤝

Taxonomy

Pilea peperomioides
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Pancake Plant, UFO plant, Lefse Plant, Missionary Plant, Bender Plant and Mirror Grass

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 Arcadia, California.

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

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Plant care guide for Chinese Money Plant in Arcadia, California

Arcadia, California

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Arcadia, California ⛅.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Chinese Money Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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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 Arcadia, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Chinese Money Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 389
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 264
Chinese Money Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 264
Chinese Money Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 153
Chinese Money Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 74
Chinese Money Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 38
Chinese Money Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
Luckyjade avatar
@Luckyjade
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 668 XP
04/10/2022

Love this plant, when I bought it it had a few pups that weren’t ready to be separated. I recently separated them from the mom plant and wow they propagate so easy. Got six viable propagations and all of them have new root growth! It grows very fast and has almost doubled in size from when I bought it 3 months ago.

It’s pet friendly so if my cat decides to take a test chomp (and subsequently realize it doesn’t taste good) it’ll be fine.

I did an experiment where I potted it in straight LECA for super drainage and even longer periods between watering and so far so good! It tends to be a little dramatic after being repotted but after a week it perks back up. It doesn’t like sharp temperature changes, that tends to be what makes the leaves curl (that and letting me know it needs to be watered).

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Strawberrymoon
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 16,689 XP
04/06/2022

he grows new leaves every week lol, sometimes i’ll find pups too!! doesn’t like the cold and getting leaves wet but otherwise super easy :) i just water whenever the soil is mostly dry, maybe like 75%. repot shock is a bit more obvious with this one but he recovers quickly.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 120 Plants
xp 8,290 XP
04/03/2022

So easy. So cool looking

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Bee_lovespollen
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 593 XP
globe Mankato, MN
03/26/2022

So cute! So beautiful! It’s called a friendship plant for a reason!!! 😍😘

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Plantgirl2016
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 30 XP
03/08/2022

Very easy to care for and grows fast!

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@Freshwidow
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,870 XP
globe New York
02/28/2022

Can survive overwatering! That’s my frequent problem: watering too much. This plant will withstand watering when the soil is still moist and turn out beautiful.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Ali avatar
@Ali
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 2,479 XP
globe Cave Creek, AZ
02/20/2022

Such a cutie love how fast it grows

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Yvnnnet
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Joplin, MO
02/18/2022

Little UFO leaves are the cutest!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Daniphantom avatar
@Daniphantom
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 2,667 XP
globe Laguna Niguel, CA
01/27/2022

Hands down my most favorite plant! I bought this when it was tiny in a 3 inch pot and the growth has been SO satisfying.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Sofia avatar
@Sofia
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 307 XP
globe Framingham, MA
01/19/2022

Just an all-around easy plant

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Philipvpham
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 427 XP
globe Kansas City, MO
01/18/2022

Hell of a guitarist

Survivor Survivor
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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 8,879 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Grows quickly and shoots off baby plants frequently making it easy to propagate. But it’s also kind of boring. They like to be dry and have a lot of light but too much direct light with burn the leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
globe Orlando, FL
01/11/2022

Easiest plant to prop ever. This was one of 5 props from a mother plant. Basically impossible to kill. Biggest key is don’t overwater.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
globe Orlando, FL
01/11/2022

Easiest plant ever. Give it light, don’t overwater, and it’ll pop out babies.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Cmc99 avatar
@Cmc99
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/11/2022

Tons of babies at first, went more dormant during colder months and has yet to bounce back. However babies are growing strong and healthy in new pots, lots of gifts for friends. Having some issues with dropping/drooping leaves as it can get a bit picky

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

The leaves on this plant are just like coins, they are amazing and surprisingly heavier than they look. The Chinese money plant can be prone to burning so keep out of direct sunlight. And rotate every few days to ensure it grows evenly, it’s also best to use filtered water!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Paigeplantlady
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,496 XP
globe Corvallis, OR
01/08/2022

No matter what I did mine just kept dropping leaves and then it was bare

Browns easily Browns easily
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
globe Orlando, FL
01/04/2022

Very easy starter plant. Water from the bottom and give bright, indirect light. Wait to water until the leaves start to droop - but not too far.

Rewarding & easy to prop.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Ales avatar
@Ales
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 2,277 XP
globe New York
01/02/2022

She’s thriving under a grow light, had 4 puppies in less than a month… I bottom water it when the soil is completely dry. She’s a ⭐️!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Amy avatar
@Amy
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Berwyn, PA
12/24/2021

Keeps dropping downwards and getting see-through leaves… cannot figure out what is going on but it is still sending out babies from its roots.

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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