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Pilea Plant Care

The Pilea Pepermioides also commonly called “The Chinese Money Plant” is native to southwest China. It is a distinctive plant with saucer-shaped leaves growing from the plant canopy. Pilea plants are easy to care for and propagate, although the seedlings growing from the mother plant are slow to grow – it’s worth it! Since the Chinese money plant does not grow too high (approx. 20-30 cm), it is suitable as a container plant. The Chinese money plant is a fast grower and can double in size every year with the right amount of light. If you want to accelerate the rapid growth, you can repot the plant in a pot 2-5 cm higher or fertilize regularly.

Pilea Care Instructions

Light: Keep the Chinese money plant in plenty of indirect light. Make sure you keep it out of direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves.

Water: Keep the soil slightly moist and do not leave it standing in water to avoid over-soaking. Especially in the colder months, you can let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.

Humidity: The average room humidity is good. However, if you notice that the edges of your leaves are crunchy or “burnt,” you need to increase the humidity.

Temperature: The Pilea plant does not like temperatures below 10°C, the optimal temperature is between 13°C and 30°C . Make sure that the temperature is not too high.

Soil: Use a well-draining, all-purpose soil so that the plant does not become too wet after watering.

Fertilizer: Fertilize once a month in spring and summer. You should also feed the plant when the mother plant produces young plants.

Toxicity: The Chinese money plant is a non-toxic plant.