Chinese Money Plant
4.6 out of 5 (658 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.
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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.
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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
Love this plant, when I bought it it had a few pups that weren’t ready to be separated. I recently separated them from the mom plant and wow they propagate so easy. Got six viable propagations and all of them have new root growth! It grows very fast and has almost doubled in size from when I bought it 3 months ago.
It’s pet friendly so if my cat decides to take a test chomp (and subsequently realize it doesn’t taste good) it’ll be fine.
I did an experiment where I potted it in straight LECA for super drainage and even longer periods between watering and so far so good! It tends to be a little dramatic after being repotted but after a week it perks back up. It doesn’t like sharp temperature changes, that tends to be what makes the leaves curl (that and letting me know it needs to be watered).
he grows new leaves every week lol, sometimes i’ll find pups too!! doesn’t like the cold and getting leaves wet but otherwise super easy :) i just water whenever the soil is mostly dry, maybe like 75%. repot shock is a bit more obvious with this one but he recovers quickly.
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!