The Chinese Money Plant or Pilea peperomioides houseplant has cute, attractive, round leaves balancing almost like pancakes on long petioles attached to a central stem, which in time grows up vertically. Easy to look after, they make a perfect tabletop companion.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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Keep me in a bright spot but out of direct sunshine and water me when my soil feels dry.
Rotate me every few weeks to ensure even growth.
Bottom water me to avoid mouldy soil.
Fertilise me once a month during the growing season.
The Chinese Money Plant was first discovered in western culture by George Forester, a Scottish botanist and one of the first explorers of China's Yunnan province. It's said that he imported over 31,000 plant specimens to Scotland over numerous trips, including the Pilea peperomioides. From there, a specimen of the plant was taken to Norway by a missionary called Agnar Espegren. Cuttings were then passed around to thousands of people, leading to the Chinese Money Plants delayed identification in the 1980s and its commercial cultivation as a popular houseplant.
The Chinese Money Plant is a perennial plant with bouncy, green, round-shaped leaves that can each grow up to ten centimetres in diameter. Pilea can grow to about 30 centimetres tall and wide, and the stems turn brown and lignify as they mature. In its natural range in China, the Chinese Money Plant grows on damp rocks in shady mountainous forests over 1,500 metres above sea level.
Chinese Money Plants like a bright spot out of direct sunshine. Wait until their soil has dried out before watering thoroughly. Pileas are native to temperate forests, unlike most tropical indoor plants, so they do not need higher humidity to thrive.
Being native to mountainous areas, if you want to encourage your Chinese Money Plant to flower, expose them to sub-ten-degree temperatures for a few weeks.
This plant is non-toxic so although not advised should pose no harm if accidentally chewed or eaten by your furry friends.
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This is such a wonderfully cute little plant that puts a smile on my face every time I wake up!
Lovely looking plant
Very impressed with this company Stems. I ordered a Chinese Money plant on the 10th August and received it on the 13th. Beautifully and carefully packed arrived safe and sound. Lovely plant. Would definitely recommend Stems .
I love this plant so much! So pretty and sweet - my mum loved it too!
Cute plants, highly recommend as a gift
This one is so pretty and low maintenance! I’m just a beginner with plants so this was a perfect pick !
Very healthy plant delivered directly to my door. Well packed in a box. Bought a second plant afterwards. Price is right.
love my Money Plant. arrived healthy and green
Very healthy looking beautiful plant.
Love this plant! Lovely and fresh and well packed !
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