How To Care For A Chinese Money Plant? (With many details)

Chinese Money Plant

Do you like the Chinese money plant? A very beautiful plant. This article will tell you something about this plant and how to care it.

Chinese money plants, also known as Pilea, are frequently used in Scandinavian interior design because their bright green, pancake-shaped leaves add a sweet and welcome pop of color to the room’s white walls. Although they’re supposed to be simple to grow, if you’ve ever tried to find one of your own in a plant store, you probably returned home empty-handed. Read the following tips and advice on locating one and then taking care of your hard-won prize before setting your heart on owning a Chinese money plant.

About This Plant

The Chinese money plant, also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, or simply piles indigenous to the southwest Chinese province of Yunnan. According to urban legend, Agnar Espegren, a Norwegian missionary, brought cuttings home with him in the 1940s and shared them with his friends and family. As people shared cuttings among friends, those plants eventually grew all over Scandinavia and the rest of the world.

Where To Buy 

Getting a start from a friend is generally the best way to acquire a Chinese money plant. It’s possible that they grow too slowly for nurseries to make enough money selling them for that reason they aren’t offered in many plant nurseries or garden shops. The next best option is to purchase one from an online seller on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist if you are unable to bribe a fellow plant enthusiast. Nevertheless, after seeing the outrageous prices some people demand, you might decide to try patiently waiting for a friend to share a young plant.

Chinese Money Plant Care

Even though it might be challenging to find, once you do, this common houseplant is surprisingly simple to look after. Provide your Pilea peperomioides with bright light, semi-regular watering, and some light feeding in the spring and summer months and it will thrive. Chinese money plants can also be easily multiplied; in fact, one of the reasons they are known as the friendship plant is because a healthy plant will easily produce a large number of offshoots that you can easily separate to grow additional plants. Once you own a Chinese money plant, you won’t need to buy another one—share them with friends or keep them all to yourself!


The Pilea peperomioides thrives in medium to bright indirect light. To keep your plant looking balanced, rotate it frequently. Avoid locations that receive harsh, direct light as it will burn the delicate leaves.

Although this plant can adapt to lower light levels, it may become leggy, produce fewer offshoots, and have smaller coin-shaped leaves. Overall, when grown in bright light conditions, this plant is the healthiest and most beautiful.


Plant your Pilea peperomioides in rich, well-draining soil. The best potting soil is peat- or coir-based and of high organic quality. To improve drainage and prevent waterlogging, add perlite to the soil as a soil amendment. For this plant, a soil pH of 6.0 to 7.0 is ideal.


This perennial evergreen is thought to have medium water requirements. Between waterings, let the plant almost completely dry out before giving it a good soak. The leaves of Pilea peperomioides will begin to droop when it dries out, which is a good indication that it’s time for watering.

Temperature And Humidity

The average household temperature and humidity are fine for the Pilea peperomioides. Keep the plant away from baseboards and heating vents to prevent overly dry conditions, if at all possible.

The Chinese money plant can withstand freezing temperatures, but when kept indoors, try to keep the temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. To encourage blooming, a brief exposure to cold during the winter may be beneficial.


The Pilea peperomioides benefits from monthly fertilization in the spring and summer months. For best results, use a balanced all-purpose fertilizer. When the plant has gone into dormancy in the fall and winter, avoid fertilizing.

Potting And Repotting 

When properly cared for a Pilea peperomioides is fast-growing and can quickly fill its pot with roots and offshoots. Repotting is advised once a year in the early spring or summer to upgrade the pot size, add fresh soil, and remove any unwanted offshoots.

Proper drainage is the most crucial factor to consider when selecting a pot for your Chinese money plant. Simply check to see if there is a drainage hole in the pot!

The plant grows well in plastic, ceramic, and terracotta pots, but if you choose a terracotta pot, you may need to water your Pilea more frequently because terracotta absorbs water from the soil.

Chinese Money Plant


One of the simplest indoor plants to grow is the Chinese money plant!

You can click here to read a comprehensive article I wrote with detailed instructions on how to propagate the Pilea.

For the purposes of this article, I’ll keep it straightforward.

The Chinese Money Plant, which bears numerous “pups,” or young plants, that grow at the base of the main trunk or even along it as the plant matures, is one that has been mentioned numerous times in this article.

These pups are simple to separate from the parent plant and transplant into new plants.

The cuttings can either be planted directly in the ground or allowed to root in water for a few weeks.

I tried both methods and was successful in both.

The water rooting method is what I always advise, though, as it enables the roots to form and develop normally prior to being planted. You can see the development in this manner!

Propagating Tips: When chopping off pups, use sharp scissors! In order to cut the pup as close to the main trunk as you can, you should first try to dig deeply into the ground to discover the pup’s connection to the main trunk. Your dog will emerge from the pot with roots that have already developed if you do it that way!

Training Or Trailing

You’ll see that the Chinese money plant begins to lean over once it begins to grow and attain some height.

Rotate your plant once a week or each time you water it to prevent it from leaning toward the light.

You will eventually have to choose whether to steak or let trail your plant.

You’ll probably be tempted to stake this plant if it’s your first and only one so that it can continue to grow upward.

If you do that, I advise letting the pups that are developing at the base stay in the pot and develop rather than removing them. This will enable you to have a substantial base while the mother plant keeps gaining height.

It’s normal for the older bottom leaves on the main trunk to start turning yellow and falling off as the plant gets older and taller.

Pups are also beginning to develop along the main trunk, which is something else you’ll notice!

Common Pests/diseases

The Pilea peperomioides is not prone to any particular pests or diseases, but when grown indoors it is susceptible to a variety of common houseplant pests. Keep an eye out for mealybugs, scale, fungus gnats, and spider mites, and take the necessary steps to treat an infestation if you find it.

After reading this article, do you have a lot of knowledge about the Chinese money plant?