The Chinese Money Plant
A much sought after indoor plant Pilea pepperomioides is commonly called the Chinese Money plant. It grows well in light shade and with its very attractive rounded mid green foliage is a houseplant used as feature.
It is the rounded foliage and airy growth habit that make this cute little plant so desirable.
This is a plant that has been around for many years, originally from China. However it never seemed to make it into cultivation.
One established it is fairly fast growing, and indoors in good filtered light and a moist well drained soil it thrives.
Pilea pepperomioides Care
Best grown in a container indoors and in good filtered light, however not direct sun. Hot direct sun will burn the foliage fairly quickly.
Use a good quality potting mix with a little medium to to fine pine bark added to assist with drainage.
and ensure that the containers have good drainage. Avoid having the container sit in a saucer of water as this can cause problems.
Watering is best carried out when the top of the soil dries a little.
Prune back and long lax leaders in spring to help keep the plant more compact.
Repotting each year will keep the plant growing strongly.
Every few weeks, place the plant outside in the rain to help clean the foliage, however not overnight in cold weather, and not in direct sic.
As Pilea pepperomioides sends up side shoots, the easiest method of propagation is by careful removal of these shoots and repotting them. You can try putting these offsets into water until they send out roots, and them potting them up.
You can also propagate from stem cuttings if you wish.