Pilea Peperomioides (Chinese Money Plant)

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Scientific NamePilea Peperomioides
Other NamesChinese Money Plant, UFO Plant, Pancake Plant, Missionary Plant.
Growth SeasonIt growth best in spring and summer
Preferred Temperature55oF to 85oF (13oC-30oC)
Hardiness ZoneUSDA Zone 11 and higher
Average Mature Height & WidthSix to twelve inch width with a similar range in height.
DormancyThis plant goes dormant in winter.
ToxicityIt is non-toxic to pets and humans
Pilea Peperomioides Summary

Pilea Peperomioides Physical Characteristics

This succulent is evergreen and perennial. Its leaves are dark green with a glossy surface. Each mature leaf is circular and it has a diameter of about four inches (ten centimeters) and it is characterized by a petiole.

The Chinese Money Plant’s stem has a hue that ranges from green to dark brown. The stem is usually singular and upright. It has a long taproot with a mat of fibrous hair roots that ultimately occupy the whole pot. When this happens, the plant is said to be root-bound and it needs to be repotted. It is likely to get root-bound every two years. 

The UFO Plant has produces small white flowers but only when it grows in optimum conditions. You have to take excellent care of it for it to bloom.

 Pilea Peperomioides Care

It is important to keep your plant’s pottage moist during the growing months of summer and spring. The rate of watering depends on the plant and the season. Ensure water from the previous drink dries up before you give it another drink.

Pottage should be typical of succulents. It should be well-draining with a considerable amount of gravel or pumice to allow for water to pass through easily. Impervious soil and too much water cause waterlogging which in turn causes root rot.

It does well in indirect sunlight; the light should be bright. Indirect light is preferable because direct rays scorch leaves. Feed the plant monthly during the growing season. The best fertilizer for this plant is 10-10-10.

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Pilea Peperomioides Growth

You can get some daughter plants from offsets that form at the base of the plant. Offsets are the best way to propagate the plant since it already has roots. Also, you can propagate the plant from a stem or leaf cutting. A leaf-cutting takes a long time to root and established as a plant. On the other hand, stem cuttings root faster but don’t get established as fast as leaf cuttings.

You can cut the head off the plant and use it to manage its growth and propagate your Chinese Money Plant. Also, you can trim some of the leaves for the plant to be aired. Repotting is usually necessary every two years when the plant is likely to get root bound.

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Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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