How to grow and care for Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) Indoors

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Chinese Money Plant Care, Pilea peperomioides Care

Botanical name: Pilea peperomioides
Family: Urticaceae
Common names: Chinese Money Plant, Pancake Plant, Friendship Plant, Missionary Plant, UFO Plant

Chinese Money Plant Description

Chinese Money Plant also called Pancake Plant, Friendship Plant, Missionary Plant or UFO Plant is an evergreen succulent houseplant that is easy to grow and propagate.

The Chinese Money Plant is an erect, succulent, evergreen perennial growing to a height of 12 in. The leaves are round, dark green, about 4 in. in diameter and are held on long petioles.

The stem in Chinese Money Plant is greenish to dark brown and often upright straight. The flowers are inconspicuous consisting of clusters of highly reduced unshowy, unisexual flowers.

Chinese Money Plant Related Plants

The inflorescence in Chinese Money Plant is like that of Pilea cadierei (Aluminium Plant) while the leaves are like those of Peperomia caperata (Radiator Plant) and hence the Botanical name Pilea peperomioides

Chinese Money Plant Origin

Pilea peperomioides has its origins in southern China.

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Chinese Money Plant Care, Pilea peperomioides Care

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Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) Care Indoors

Chinese Money Plant Light Requirements

Chinese Money Plant grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight. The foliage will lose its bright green color if the light is too low.

Rotate the pot regularly to ensure uniform growth of your Chinese Money Plant on all sides. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Chinese Money Plant

Water Chinese Money Plant regularly but allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering for your Chinese Money Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot for your Chinese Money Plant has a drainage hole to avoid getting soggy soil as it can cause the leaves to fall due to root-rot disease.


Temperature for Chinese Money Plant

Average warmth with a minumum of 150C is ideal for Chinese Money Plant.

Protect the plant from cold draughts to avoid sudden drop in temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Chinese Money Plant

Average room humidity is ideal for Chinese Money Plant. The plant has no need for high humidity.

However, if the leaf edges of your Chinese Money Plant become crispy and curled, it is an indication that the air is too dry.

To raise humidity for your Chinese Money Plant, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves of your Chinese Money Plant by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and also discourage pest infestations. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Chinese Money Plant

Feed Chinese Money Plant with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 months during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Chinese Money Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Chinese Money Plant

Repot Chinese Money Plant when it becomes overcrowded in its current pot. Use a pot one size large and free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

Choose a clay pot as it allows soil to dry out faster and thus prevents the soil from getting soggy.

Also ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

If your Chinese Money Plant is too overcrowded, divide it and pot the splits into individual pots

How to Prune Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant does not require much pruning as it is slow growing. Pruning involves removal of yellow, dead and stray foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

For a fuller and bushier Chinese Money Plant, regularly snip off the topmost part of the stem and pinch off the plantlets as they appear so that the plant can focus its energy on sprouting new growth from the main stem. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) Propagation

Chinese Money Plant propagation can be done by plant division, from stem plantlets or from stem cuttings. Propagation is more successful when done at the beginning of the growing season.

How to propagate Chinese Money Plant by plant division

Chinese Money Plant produces offsets or pups at the base of the plant.

When the Chinese Money Plant pups are about 1-2 in. tall, dig up the soil at the base to expose the roots.

Using a sharp sterile scissors, seperate the Chinese Money Plant pup from the mother. Ensure each pup has enough roots.

Pot the Chinese Money Plant pups in individual pots containing moist free draining soil which is rich in organic matter.

Maintain the soil moist until new growth has emerged inorder to begin normal routinue care for your new Chinese Money Plant.

How to propagate Chinese Money Plant from Stem Plantlets

Chinese Money Plant also produces plantlets on their stems which can be used to propagate new plants.

With a clean sharp knife, remove the Chinese Money Plant plantlet from the mother plant.

Insert the Chinese Money Plant plantlet in moist rooting soil and place the set up in a warm, well-lit place.

Maintain the soil moist through out until rooting occurs. Rooting is indicated by the emergence of new growth on the Chinese Money Plant plantlets.

Wait until the new Chinese Money Plant is well established before transplanting into a new pot after which normal routine care can begin.

How to propagate Chinese Money Plant from Stem Cuttings

Chinese Money Plant can also be propagated from stem cuttings. The Chinese Money Plant cuttings root easily and do not require a rooting hormone.

Take Chinese Money Plant stem cuttings from the thicker, coarse brown stem. The stem cuttings can either be rooted in soil or in water.

How to root Chinese Money Plant stem cuttings in soil

Insert the Chinese Money Plant stems cutting in moist rooting soil and place the set up in a warm well-lit place.

Maintain the soil moist through out until rooting occurs. Rooting is indicated by the emergence of new growth.

Wait until the new Chinese Money Plant is well established before transplanting into a new pot after which normal routine care can begin.

How to root Chinese Money Plant stem cuttings in water

Place the Chinese Money Plant stem cutting in a container of water with at least 2 in. of stem on the lower cut end submerged in water.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and change the water at least once a week.

The Chinese Money Plant stems cuttings may take about 4-6 weeks to develop roots.

Acclimatize your new Chinese Money Plant to growing in soil by gradually adding small amounts of soil into the water when the roots are about 2 in. long.

Transplant the new Chinese Money Plant when the roots have grown to about 4 in. long by which time all the water should be absorbed by the soil.

Chinese Money Plant Care, Pilea peperomioides Care

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Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) Problems Indoors

Chinese Money Plant lower leaves drooping

Drooping lower leaves is a natural characteristic of Chinese Money Plant.

The bottom leaves will droop as they grow older; this gives the plant its unique shape. The leaves do not need to be removed.

Chinese Money Plant wilted and discolored leaves

Overwatering or soggy soil for Chinese Money Plant will cause wilted and discolored leaves.

Water Chinese Money Plant regularly but allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from being too wet.

Chinese Money Plant discolored leaves, brown leaf tips and edges

There are three possible causes of discolored leaves with brown tips and edges in your Chinese Money Plant.

One possible cause of discolored leaves with brown tips and edges in your Chinese Money Plant is too much shade.

Move the plant to a brighter spot where it will receive bright indirect light.

The second possible cause of discolored leaves with brown tips and edges in your Chinese Money Plant is a sudden drop in temperature.

Protect your plant from cold draughts to avoid sudden drops in temperature and maintain an average room temperature.

The third possible cause of discolored leaves with brown tips and edges in your Chinese Money Plant is dry air (low humidity).

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Chinese Money Plant. Check out these techniques on how to raise the humidity for houseplants.

Chinese Money Plant curled and drooping leaves

curled and drooping leaves in Chinese Money Plant are caused by underwatering. Chinese Money Plant thrives in moderately moist soil.

Water the plant regularly but allow the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Chinese Money Plant dropping leaves

There are two possible reasons for leaf drop in Chinese Money Plant. One possible reason for leaf drop in Chinese Money Plant is cold air due to cold draughts.

Move the plant to a warmer spot or protect it from cold draughts. Cut back affected stem to induce new growth.

The second reason for leaf drop in Chinese Money Plant is too wet soil. Avoid soggy soil by allowing the top 2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole.

Chinese Money Plant yellow leaves and mushy black stems

Yellow leaves and mushy black stems in Chinese Money Plant are an indication of stem-rot and root-rot diseases which are promoted by soggy soil.

Use the unaffected foliage of the Chinese Money Plant to propagate a new plant and discard the affected parts.

Ensure that the pot for your Chinese Money Plant has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Chinese Money Plant lower leaves curled inwards

The cause of curled and softened lower leaves in Chinese Money Plant is a Nitrogen deficiency.

Feed your Chinese Money Plant with a high-nitrogen fertilizer and consider using a high-nitrogen fertilizer for the monthly feeding too.

Chinese Money Plant yellow or brown leaves with burnt-like edges

Potasium deficiency is the cause of yellow or brown leaves with burnt edges in Chinese Money Plant.

Feed your Chinese Money Plant with a high-potasium fertilizer. Ensure the soil PH is between 6 and 7 which is the ideal PH for potasium uptake.

Chinese Money Plant pests

The common pests in Chinese Money Plant are mealy bugs and spider mites.

Isolate the affected Chinese Money Plant to prevent spread to ther houseplants and control the pests appropriately.

Is Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) toxic?

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. The plant is safe to grow indoors.

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