Your resident plant lady here, to chat about Chinese Money aka pilea plant care! I absolutely love doing these plant posts because in doing all the research, I learn even more about plants that I already own.
It’s a win win win because I learn more, you (hopefully) learn more, and we can all be better plant people.
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Pilea Plant Care
Today I’m going to share everything I know about Pilea plant – also known as Pilea peperomioides, panckae plant, UFO plant, Chinese Money plant, missionary plant and lefse plant. I love all the crazy plant names!
I’m newer to this plant so I’m still learning things. Admittedly, my plant does not look as happy and healthy as it should so doing the research for today’s post was very valuable for me!
I realized the spot I had them in my office was too sunny and too cold during the bitter cold months. Since I moved them they’re doing so much better and haven’t dropped a leaf in months!
HOW OFTEN DO I WATER MY CHINESE MONEY PLANT?
Like most plants I own, I water my Pilea about 1 to 2 weeks.
Pilea plants don’t like to be overwatered and can get root rot if that happens so be sure that they are dried out before watering them again.
I like to simply stick my finger in the top of the soil to check it’s moisture level. If it’s dry, give it some water. If it’s still wet, leave it alone!
How much sun does my Pilea need?
Chinese Money plants don’t like direct sun – they prefer medium light. Have them near a sunny window (south or west is best) but be sure that the light they’re getting is filtered.
Rotate your plant if only one side gets sun! It will start to reach towards one side if you’re not rotating it.
Why are the leaves drooping and curling downward?
The most common problem with this is overwatering or insufficient drainage.
Let your plant dry completely out and the water it again – making sure to not overwater and allowing it to fully drain.
How to Propagate
Propagating a Pilea is super easy!
First, cut off the little plants that shoot out next to the mother plant. My original plant actually came with 2 large shoots so I immediately cut one off and planted them both separately. They’ve both since sprouted additional shoots!
All you need to do, is cut the root about 1 cm below the soil. The bigger the plant the higher the chance of survival.
Then plant it directly into moist soil. It should anchor itself in just a few weeks. You’ll be able to tell when it starts growing new leaves.
If your little plantlet doesn’t have roots yet, put it a small jar (or glass) of water, just like you would with your pothos when you propagate it.
The reason they’re nicknamed the missionary plant is because they’re meant to be shared! When you see a new plantlet, cut it off and pass it on. Chinese Money plants can be hard to find so your best option is to share it with people.
Where to Buy
I’m always a fan of checking your local nursery for plants so start there! (Locals – I love Bachmans and Tonkadale.) But I have had success with online stores too!
And that’s it!
Pilea plants are really fun, mostly easy plants that are great additions to your home.
I hope this helps you know everything you need to know about Chinese Money plant care! Thanks so much for reading and sharing!