One of the absolute most popular houseplants of this moment is the Chinese money plant, better known as Pilea peperomioides. Appreciated for its decorative pancake-shaped leaves and easy propagation, Pilea peperomioides is a great choice for anyone, whether beginner or more experienced, looking to add a little green to their home.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about Pilea peperomioides care and growing Pilea peperomioides in your own home!
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Pilea peperomioides light, location & temperature
Pilea peperomioides appreciates a location with plenty of light but doesn’t do well in direct sunlight. This means it’s a good idea to avoid any locations that get a lot of direct afternoon sun; a thin, sheer curtain like this one can help to partly block the sun’s scorching rays without depriving your Pilea of light.
Although it can be kept outside in warmer regions, Pilea peperomioides is only suitable as a houseplant in most locations. It doesn’t appreciate temperatures below 10 °C/50 °F and should be protected from sudden temperature swings.
Pilea peperomioides soil & planting
Pilea peperomioides prefers lightly moist soil but, like many other houseplants, absolutely does not appreciate wet feet. This is something that should be kept in mind while planting it.
Always use a pot with drainage holes for Pilea peperomioides to prevent excess water from causing root rot. A this one is a cheap option that should work well; many sources recommend avoiding terracotta pots, as these absorb water and allow it to evaporate quickly, causing your Pilea’s soil to become too dry. Soil-wise, a well-draining type is preferred. A mix of potting soil with plenty of perlite should work well.
Watering Pilea peperomioides
As discussed above, Pilea peperomioides does well when kept slightly moist but excess water should never be allowed to left standing in the pot for extended periods of time. As with all plants, the amount of water your Pilea needs depends on the amount of light it’s getting, but watering once a week during Wintertime and twice a week during Summer should be a good place to start.
If you’re not sure whether it’s time to water yet, sticking your finger or a chopstick into the soil can help figure out what to do; the soil should have dried out a little but not entirely. If it’s bone dry or soaking wet, adjust your watering schedule accordingly!
Propagating Pilea peperomioides
One Pilea peperomioides characteristic that has made it so appealing to many houseplant owners around the world is its easy propagation. If all care requirements are being met and your Pilea peperomioides is growing happily, it should actually take care of most of the propagation process itself by producing baby plants on its stem and in the soil. These baby plants can easily be removed and placed into their own pot to give away (or keep for yourself!) once they’re large enough to function on their own.
Baby Pilea peperomioides plants growing in the soil next to the mother plant are the easiest option when it comes to propagation. Once these have grown to a size of around 5-7 cm (2-3 inches) they are large enough to separate, which you can do by cutting their connection to the mother plant with a sharp, clean knife. They should already have their own root system and can simply be plopped into a new pot with moist soil.
To succesfully separate Pilea peperomioides babies growing on the mother plant’s stem, use a clean sharp knife to remove them. You can then place them in moist soil or keep them in a container with water until they develop their own root system.
Note: You can find a full article on Pilea peperomioides propagation on Houseplant Central here!
Pilea peperomioides fertilizer
Pilea peperomioides doesn’t require a lot of fertilizer, though you can feed it using a diluted regular houseplant fertilizer once a month or so during the growing season (Spring through early Fall).
Buying Pilea peperomioides
Despite its massive popularity in the houseplant and home decor world, it can be quite a challenge to find Pilea peperomioides in plant stores, garden centers or online. If you’re having trouble finding this plant, your best bet is probably one of the many Pilea peperomioides exchange groups on social media, where many plant lovers are more than willing to send you a baby Pilea from their mother plant.
Update! There is now a Pilea peperomioides seller on Amazon. Just click here to buy your Pilea.
Is Pilea peperomioides toxic to cats and dogs?
Although information about Pilea peperomioides specifically is difficult to find, all plants in the Pilea genus are usually considered non-toxic to both cats and dogs. Pilea peperomioides is likely no exception and thus, should be safe!
If you have any more questions about Pilea peperomioides care or if you want to share your own experiences with the ‘pancake plant’ don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.