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 Memphis, Tennessee.

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 Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

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Growing Chinese Money Plant in Memphis right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 18th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis 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 Memphis, Tennessee

Sunlight will increase by 15.6% ☀️

January 16th, 2022

Memphis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to increase by 15.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.2 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Money Plant in Memphis, Tennessee

Daylight will increase by 0.5 hours 📈

January 16th, 2022

This month, Memphis is getting an average of 6.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.2 total hours of daylig…

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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 Memphis, Tennessee ⛅.

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 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 Memphis, Tennessee, 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 374
Chinese Money Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 249
Chinese Money Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 248
Chinese Money Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 149
Chinese Money Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 102
Chinese Money Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 75
Chinese Money Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 37
Chinese Money Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,070 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
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 47 Plants
xp 5,394 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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 47 Plants
xp 5,394 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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, District of Columbia
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 23 Plants
xp 1,313 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 22 Plants
xp 966 XP
globe Corvallis, Oregon
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 47 Plants
xp 5,394 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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 38 Plants
xp 876 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 2 Plants
xp 71 XP
globe Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Ellla avatar
@Ellla
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 133 XP
globe Coventry, England
12/19/2021

had a baby

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Rwags avatar
@Rwags
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,431 XP
12/12/2021

Is kind of a diva. Needs rotating to keep even growth. Water when dry or leaves start to curl. Loves sun but also can get burnt easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
V0nny avatar
@V0nny
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe Cincinnati, Ohio
12/12/2021

Been wanting a Chinese money plant for years and finally found one that want already at Death’s door. Give it lots of sunlight and make sure it’s not overwatered !

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Desiree avatar
@Desiree
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Doha
12/10/2021

It’s so cute. I’ve got 7 babies after a year. That is because I found out only lately that it needs more sunshine and my veranda window has tint.
I always admire my ufo plant.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Ajcalc avatar
@Ajcalc
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 226 XP
globe Waukesha, Wisconsin
12/09/2021

It’s doubled in size since this picture and has been split into two pots. It’s my little survivor lol

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 712 XP
12/07/2021

I love the new baby trees sprouting. Charles has about 4 growing up from the soil. So cool to watch 🤗😍🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Katy410 avatar
@Katy410
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 466 XP
12/02/2021

Likes being close to window. 😊 and watch the water that you give him.

Fast grower Fast grower
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 129 Plants
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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
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@Strawberrymoon
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 1,726 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
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@Candyalpacas
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 110 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 17 Plants
xp 1,012 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

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