Chinese Money Plant
4.6 out of 5 (600 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 San Diego, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
December 9th, 2021
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…
December 9th, 2021
San Diego is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to decrease by 17.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.3 megajoules of energy per m2…
December 8th, 2021
This month, San Diego is getting an average of 10.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of da…
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..️
San Diego, California 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.
December 6th, 2021
The growing potential in San Diego 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 a…
What other plant parents say
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!!