Chinese Money Plant Propagation & Growing Guide (Pilea Peperomioides)

Last Updated on January 11, 2022 by Real Men Sow

The Chinese money plant is a native of southern China and was introduced to the UK in the early 20th century. Chinese money plant propagation is easy. This plant is also known as Pilea Peperomioides, is widely known among houseplant enthusiasts until its popularity exploded on social media several years ago. Despite its popularity, Pilea Peperomioides is not easy to find and costs a lot of money once you find one. If you know someone who has the plant, ask if they can help you pot up one of the babies that grow around its base.

Is Chinese Money Plant Easy To Grow?

Pilea Peperomioides, a simple plant that can be tended to by beginners, is easy to maintain and is very forgiving in regards to watering. It will grow quickly and produce lots of babies. Every Pilea peperomioides plant grows differently so your plant will likely grow taller as it matures. Smaller flowers may be produced by older plants.

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)

Growing Pilea Peperomioides

Place your Pilea Peperomioides in well-drained compost under warm conditions but not in direct sunlight, and keep in mind to water only when soil is starting to dry.

Where to Grow Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)

Pilea peperomioides thrive in warm areas that don’t drop below 12°C during winter. It should be placed somewhere bright but remember that it cannot tolerate direct sunlight for a long period of time. Never leave them under direct sunlight in midday or under the afternoon sun because it might scorch its leaves.

Planting Pilea Peperomioides

If your plant isn’t root bound, you don’t need to take it out of the plastic pot. Instead, place it in a decorative pot. Rootbound plants are those that have roots emerging from the bottom of their pot that should be repotted. Mix 2:1 soil-based compost or peat-free multi-purpose compost with perlite in a pot that allows drainage from its bottom.

Caring for Pilea Peperomioides, the Chinese Money Plant

Water regularly from spring through autumn. Give an allowance that would let the compost dry for a few centimeters between watering. After that, let the excess water drain away. Pilea peperomioides don’t like to sit in soggy, cold compost.

How to Care for Chinese Money Plant in the Winter?

Waterless and use a weaker or diluted houseplant food once per month. To keep the leaves shiny and clean, wipe them every now and then. Although it isn’t necessary, you could mist the leaves. The plant will gravitate towards the sun, creating a tilted appearance. Rotate it every few days to keep it looking balanced. If the plant is root bound, repot it in spring.

Chinese Money Plant Propagation Steps

Pilea peperomioides can be easily propagated. It produces baby plants at its base, called offsets or pups. These can be removed with a fork and placed in 1 inch of water. A few weeks later the roots will be formed, proceed to planting them in a pot for new plants to grow. Don’t worry about waiting too long for them to grow since the Pilea peperomioides are quick-growing.

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Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.