With gorgeous round or pancake-shaped leaves, the Chinese money plant also known as Pilea Peperomioides brightens any room of the house.
When healthy, Chinese money plants can also bring good luck and fortune to the owner. The best part is, you can easily care for a Pilea Peperomioides, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
So what are you waiting for?
Here’s your complete guide to indoor Pilea Peperomioides plant care.
Chinese Money Plant Care Guide
While the growing process is lengthy, Pilea Peperomioides are quite easy to care for.
- All you need to do is put the plant somewhere with plenty of indirect sunlight.
- They thrive in containers with plenty of drainage holes.
- You’ll need to wait for the soil to completely dry out between waterings. In fact, the plant will tell you when it needs water. Look for drooping leaves.
- To get your plant to grow evenly, rotate the plant at least once a week.
Propagate Your Chinese Money Plant
Proper Chinese money plant care means that you can propagate your plant! A healthy indoor Pilea Peperomioides will start to grow babies that you can gift to friends and family.
To propagate your Chinese money plant:
- Follow the stem (about 1 inch under the soil).
- Cut the baby free with a sharp knife.
- Plant the baby plant in its own pot.
- Keep the soil moist until the baby plant starts to grow new leaves.
Things to Avoid
To keep your Chinese money plant healthy, make sure to avoid the following things:
- Don’t set the Pilea plant in direct sunlight. This will burn the leaves and harm the plant.
- Don’t overwater this plant! Too much water will lead to root rot and other diseases.
- This plant doesn’t like a very dry environment. If you put a Chinese money plant in a very dry environment it will require light misting, daily.
- Although fairly hardy, the cold can cause your plant to lose its leaves.
They Make Great Plants for a Kokedama
Kokedamas add a punch of modern decor to your home, bedroom, or office. Originating from Japan, kokedamas are a ball of earth wrapped in moss, from which a plant grows.
Since Chinese money plants do well in containers with great drainage, a kokedama is perfect. You can wait until the kokedama is completely dried out before soaking it in water again. Hang your plant indoors, or out. Alternatively, you can set the kokedama in a decorative dish.