Pilea Peperomioides "Chinese Money Plant"

Latin name

Pilea peperomioides

Pronounciation

(“pie-LEE-ah pep-er-oh-mee-OY-deez”)

Common name

Pilea peperomioides

Origin

Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, China

How easy is it care for?

The Chinese Money Plant, or Pilea peperomioides, is a small easy-care houseplant that is great on desktops and tables or as a hanging plant. A small herbaceous plant with distinctive disc-shaped leaves growing on long stalks (petioles), the Chinese Money Plant has a slightly drooping habit that sometimes makes it look as if it is wilting. The shiny, bright green leaves, which are almost completely round, can grow up to 10cm across. As the plants get older, they form a distinct stem, and the lower leaves eventually fall off, giving the plant a very distinctive form. The Chinese Money Plant has been popular with collectors for some time but it wasn’t until the 1980s that it was properly classified. It was first introduced to Europe from its native China in 1906, and it is very easily propagated from cuttings, which meant that it was passed among amateur horticulturalists for years before anyone tried to properly classify it. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Medium-low to medium-high. Avoid direct sunlight.

Watering

Keep the soil moist, but not wet.

Pruning

If the stems get too spindly to be attractive, they can be cut back to encourage offsets to grow. The tips can then be rooted to produce new plants.

Feeding

A weak solution of fertilizer can be added to the water every time the plant is watered.

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but keep a lookout for mealybugs. These should be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel.

Mill Pond Nurseries,
Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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