Plant Care Chinese Money Plant
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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 Chicago, Illinois.

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?

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5"
Light

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Plant care guide for Chinese Money Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

63% Medium

Growing Chinese Money Plant in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

October 21st, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 37.7% ☀️

October 21st, 2021

Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 37.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will decrease by 2.0 hours 📉

October 21st, 2021

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 10.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 16.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of da…

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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..️

Chicago, Illinois 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 Chicago, Illinois

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

October 21st, 2021

The growing potential in Chicago is medium 👌.

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 any…

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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 Chicago, Illinois, 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 333
Chinese Money Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 224
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 213
Chinese Money Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 131
Chinese Money Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 90
Chinese Money Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 60
Chinese Money Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 32
Chinese Money Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 9
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 96 Plants
xp 3,168 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
10/21/2021

Super easy!

Survivor Survivor
Celennys avatar
@Celennys
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 624 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
Momontheradcarpet avatar
@Momontheradcarpet
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 1,310 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 20 Plants
xp 533 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 4 Plants
xp 141 XP
10/15/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Alexander avatar
@Alexander
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 203 XP
globe Lynnwood, Washington
10/10/2021

Don’t over water

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Ruthintruth avatar
@Ruthintruth
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 332 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
Macylovesplants avatar
@Macylovesplants
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Oak View, California
10/03/2021

Dont overborbunder watet

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Madison avatar
@Madison
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 90 XP
10/02/2021

When I water my money plant any less than every 3-4 days, leaves begin to brown and fall off. But if you always keep the soil moist it grows tall, big, and fast!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Conrad avatar
@Conrad
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe San Marcos, California
09/28/2021

An interesting little guy, looks like one of those spherical toys from the 2000s with suction cups on the ends of the arms. Got this one about three weeks ago and he has a ton of new children growing in already. They can be propagated quite easily and have an abundance of arms to be replanted as well as entirely new plants growing in the same pot. He’s a bit sensitive to cold air, I’m keeping him high up on a shelf and trying to keep him wet every two to three days with a spray bottle. Definitely recommend to anyone looking to add an eye catching new plant to their home.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 806 XP
globe New York
09/26/2021

I love this plant, it’s adorable and easy to maintain. Propagating is best to prune from stem or taking it out of pot and dividing the pups from the mother

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Clairebrack avatar
@Clairebrack
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 38 XP
09/26/2021

Very easy to take care of. I haven’t been the greatest at caring for plants in the past, but this one is a breeze!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Plantgirl avatar
@Plantgirl
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 300 XP
globe Boston, Massachusetts
09/17/2021

:) my favorite plant to propogate and grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Alocasia_dezbino
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 103 XP
globe Seattle, Washington
09/14/2021

My pilea has come a long way and is so healthy and beautiful! This plant grows fast once you get to know it.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Wilbur-the-wise
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 53 XP
globe Horsham, England
09/09/2021

It’s a plant that is easy to grow and doesn’t need to have crazy amount of attention, it’s a nice little plant to have on a table or next to a desk

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Paula avatar
@Paula
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 441 XP
globe Bedmond, England
09/08/2021

Just very cute and lovely looking. It’s fairly new so can’t say about care yet.

Zvone avatar
@Zvone
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 582 XP
globe Zagreb, City of Zagreb
09/08/2021

The flowers are very delicate! This is a really beautiful plant with an intense green that will make you fall in love!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Viivss avatar
@Viivss
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 61 XP
globe Dos Palos, California
09/08/2021

One of the best plants you can get so beautiful and makes you very happy watching it grow I love the fact that it’s nickname is a UFO plant very easy to take care of but be careful leaving it in the sun because it does burn easily

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Carleycoca avatar
@Carleycoca
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 280 XP
09/06/2021

He’s just the best.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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