It’s incredibly popular but, strangely, still very hard to find in many countries: Pilea peperomioides, also known as the Chinese money plant or pancake plant. If you’ve managed to acquire one of these coveted pancake-leaved plants you’re in luck. It’s very easy to turn one Pilea peperomioides into many, which you can then give away to friends or family members or even sell.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about Pilea peperomioides propagation and propagating your own Pilea!
Note: You can now buy Pilea peperomioides online here. Yay!
Pilea peperomioides babies
Although Pilea peperomioides can be propagated through stem cuttings, there is not much reason to do so. You’d have to wait until the stem cuttings have rooted, which takes quite a while and is not always succesful. Instead, just take good care of your Pilea and it will actually provide the best propagation method all by itself: healthy Pilea peperomioides plants produce baby plants both from their roots and their stems.
If you’re not sure how to keep your Pilea healthy and happy be sure to have a look at the caresheet. Luckily this is not a difficult plant and anyone should be able to keep it alive. Just plant your Pilea peperomioides in a simple plastic pot with soil mixture that includes some perlite. Then, place it in a location where it receives bright light but no direct sun and water when the top of the soil has dried out. That’s it! Baby plants should start popping up once your plant has had some time to mature and adjust to its location in your home.
Pilea peperomioides propagation methods
Propagating from root plantlets
The easiest way to propagate Pilea peperomioides is by using plantlets that grow from the mother plant’s roots. A healthy, large Pilea that has plenty of pot space should regularly produce these. They pop up from the soil and are ready to use once they have a few leaves of their own.
Because root plantlets already have a root system of their own the only thing you have to do is sever their connection to the mother plant’s roots using a sharp and clean knife. Then, just pop them into smaller pots of their own and keep the soil lightly moist. Voila! Brand new Pilea peperomioides babies that you can keep, give away or sell. The move to their own pot might slightly shock the babies but because they already have a root system they usually immediately start growing.
Propagating from stem plantlets
Pilea peperomioides plants also produce babies on their own stems. These stem babies don’t have a root system of their own yet so they need a little more attention than root plantlets, but they’re still very easy to use.
To propagate your Pilea peperomioides from stem plantlets, just remove the babies from the mother plant’s stem using that same clean, sharp knife. You now have two options: placing the baby plants in a vase with water or in a regular pot with moist soil. Most houseplant enthusiasts prefer the first option, as the little plants in their tiny vases look quite adorable. This method also allows you to see whether your Pilea babies are rooting as they should. Once you’re seeing some root growth you can move the babies to their own pot or you can keep them in water indefinitely. Either is fine!
Whichever method you use, be patient. It might take a while before your Pilea baby grows its own root system, especially in wintertime when most houseplants aren’t actively growing. You can be confident the plantlet is healthy, happy and rooted once you see some new leaves popping up.
If you have any more questions about propagating Pilea peperomioides or if you want to share your own experiences with this popular houseplant, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
All photos by Bethany Berg, who sells Pilea peperomioides babies on Etsy here.