Chinese Money Plant
4.6 out of 5 (633 experiences)
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. 🤝
Also known as
pancake plant, UFO plant, lefse plant, missionary plant, bender plant and mirror grass
How to care for Chinese Money Plant
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.
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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…
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…
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…
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 ⛅.
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.
What other plant parents say
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!
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!!