The Chinese Money Plant (Pilea)
Let’s talk about this adorable little plant and it’s many names. The Pilea Peperomioides has several cute nicknames here are a few, UFO plant, Chinese money plant, missionary plant, and pancake plant. This plant is native to a southwestern province of China. A story suggests that a Norwegian missionary took cuttings of the plant home in the 1940’s and shared them with family/friends. From there the cutting were shared and spread throughout the world. Sounds believable right? 🙂
Shared cuttings are still the best way to get your hands on a Pilea plant as most nursery’s don’t carry them. Another option is the trusted world wide web. I’ve purchased several online with no problems. Linked Below
Pilea Care Tips
This plant is extremely easy to care for!
- Bright filtered light (direct light can burn the leaves)
- Allow soil to dry between watering
- Well draining soil & a pot with draining hole
- Monthly fertilization (Spring and Summer months only)
- Frequent wipe down of leaves with a soft microfiber cloth or wet napkin
Interested in getting your own Pilea Plant? Check this one out:
Another reason this plant is so loved by houseplant fanatics is the ease of propagation. As you can see I have a little tiny plant peeking up through the soil. These are ready for propagation.
- Cut the baby plant free from the mother plant about an inch under the soil
- Place the baby plant in it’s own pot with moist soil
- Keep the soil moist while the plant roots and begins producing new leaves
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That’s it! Now you’re ready to continue the tradition and share this beauty with family and/or friends. Our add it to your own growing collection 🙂
Be sure you check out my 5 Houseplants for newbies post!
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