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 Survivor plant personality Survivor

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 Baltimore, Maryland.

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 Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

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Growing Chinese Money Plant in Baltimore right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Baltimore, Maryland

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Baltimore is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in de…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Baltimore, Maryland

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 29.3% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Baltimore is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Baltimore is expected to decrease by 29.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Baltimore, Maryland

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 28th, 2021

This month, Baltimore is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of dayl…

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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 Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.

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 Baltimore, Maryland

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Baltimore is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best t…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Chinese Money Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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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 Baltimore, Maryland, 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 351
Chinese Money Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 236
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 228
Chinese Money Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 140
Chinese Money Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 96
Chinese Money Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 66
Chinese Money Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 33
Chinese Money Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,118 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

A good beginner plant! And it’s super fun when they start putting out little baby plants.

Fast grower Fast grower
Voidnuggets avatar
@Voidnuggets
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 153 XP
11/26/2021

really interesting and cute leaves!! mine came with a pup already, unfortunately it’s a bit hard to keep out of the water during propagation :( just got him today so i’ll post updates !

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Candyalpacas avatar
@Candyalpacas
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Beavercreek, Ohio
11/24/2021

love the baby

he also gives lots of babies to share

10/10 baby plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Alexnoonan avatar
@Alexnoonan
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 935 XP
11/23/2021

I love the pancake leaves of this pilea!! I bought one from a nursery this summer, and quickly realized it was actually 2 plants. I split them into different pots and put both in some really sunny spots of my home. Now I’m losing count of the pilea babies I have, and I can’t give them away fast enough—both plants are filling in beautifully and sprouting 3-7 babies a month. I’m not even providing extra fertilizer!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 555 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11/22/2021

New plant so I will update as it grows

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Fruitloop29 avatar
@Fruitloop29
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 253 XP
11/08/2021

They’re easy to care for, I can be quite forgetful with watering but my Chinese money plant has survived amazingly.

Sometimes attracts small flies (like gnats) but if dusted are great to keep in a bedroom or living space

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Esther2005 avatar
@Esther2005
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 62 XP
11/07/2021

It looks cool and is easy to take care of

Glassfull avatar
@Glassfull
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 730 XP
globe Powhatan, Virginia
11/06/2021

This plant is my favorite. It makes me smile so I always keep it in a location where I can see it easily from my couch. It is very resilient and puts off saplings often.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Karah86 avatar
@Karah86
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 535 XP
globe Savannah, Georgia
11/05/2021

Mine has been pretty happy. When I forget to water, it’ll droop a little and sometimes a leaf will turn yellow so fast. I don’t mind too much because it just keeps growing new leaves upward.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Jadel avatar
@Jadel
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 111 XP
10/30/2021

Doesn’t need loads of sun but if it does get sun water it more 💚

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Lyss_marie avatar
@Lyss_marie
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 276 XP
10/28/2021

Love this plant! Easy to care for too!

Fast grower Fast grower
Nikki2 avatar
@Nikki2
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 2,935 XP
globe Woolwich Township, New Jersey
10/24/2021

Probably the cutest little plant to watch grow. I rotate this plant whenever I feel sometimes 3 times a week and other times once per week. I enjoy watching the disks move towards the light.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,118 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
10/21/2021

Super easy!

Survivor Survivor
Celennys avatar
@Celennys
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 700 XP
globe Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
10/21/2021

This plant is so easy to take care of. This was literally a small cutting just 6 months ago and now it’s huge.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Momontheradcarpet
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 1,450 XP
globe Encinitas, California
10/20/2021

Lots of fun to watch grow into a fountain of leaves

Survivor Survivor
Jujubeans avatar
@Jujubeans
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 946 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia
10/18/2021

Likes bright indirect light. Will give you “pups” to share with your friends or spread around the house. Very eye catching and easy to care for, likes sips every few days, overall a cheerful windowsill addition.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Katie avatar
@Katie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
10/16/2021

Leaves will wilt, letting you know it needs water. It’s beautiful.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Marleytommola
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 155 XP
10/15/2021

Very finicky about watering, mine is simultaneously under and over watered 🤷🏻‍♀️

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Alorxmanthing avatar
@Alorxmanthing
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 235 XP
globe Lynnwood, Washington
10/10/2021

Don’t over water

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Ruthintruth
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 619 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
10/05/2021

I’d say Monee is a little temperamental. She demands daily misting. She does not want her soil wet but not dry either. Just damp, but just right. Those long stems raise the leaves up when she gets water, but it’s not long before they bring them back to a lower level. She’s looking better since I moved her away from the window. She’s interesting. Reminds me of a ride at an amusement park—one called “the tilt-a-whirl.” It was my favorite ride as a kid.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower

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