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Pilea peperomioides or Chinese Money Plant

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

Pilea peperomioides

Pilea peperomioides is one of the most popular houseplants, and it is low-maintenance and easy to grow. You can find it as Chinese money plant or pancake plant (look at those leaves), missionary plant or friendship plant because it propagates itself very quickly so you can share this cute little plant with your friends and family. It can grow about 30 cm tall and wide. Fun fact that Pilea peperomioides belong to the nettle family. It is native to southern China.


Light: Pilea peperomioides likes bright indirect light. It is a relatively fast grower during the growing season from spring to autumn, and it should be rotated regularly to keep the main stem growing upright because the plant will turn all of its leaves towards the light.

Temperature: The minimum temperature for this plant is 10 degrees Celsius. It is not frost tolerant.

Water: Water moderately during the warmer months and wait until the soil is mostly dry between waterings. If the lower leaves start to turn yellow and falling that’s a sign of overwatering.

Fertilising: Use half diluted all-purpose houseplant fertiliser once a month during the growing season.

Potting: Use a well draining potting mix and repot it when the roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot.

Propagation: Pilea peperomioides is very easy to propagate because it puts out baby plants through the soil. When it becomes a well-established plantlet, you can separate it from the mother plant with a clean, sharp knife and put it into moist soil (and keep the soil moist until it starts to grow new leaves) or into water for root development.

Toxicity: Pilea genus is usually considered non-toxic to both cats and dogs.

You can find Pilea peperomioides on Ebay here.