Chinese Money Plant
4.6 out of 5 (538 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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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October 16th, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Minneapolis is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…
October 15th, 2021
Minneapolis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Minneapolis is expected to decrease by 40.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.6 megajoules of energy per…
October 16th, 2021
This month, Minneapolis is getting an average of 10.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 18.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours o…
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..️
Minneapolis, Minnesota currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
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
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.
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.
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
I love these plants so much. I’ve given away easily 10 babies from this one plant. It has survived my under watering and low light situations. Definitely a great plant for those who tend to kill their plants and an awesome plant for people who have a green thumb.