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How to grow the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
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Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
Not to be confused with the lucky ‘Money Plant’, this Chinese Money Plant originates from Southern China and is also known as Missionary plant and Pancake plant. This plant has only just come to our attention although some gardeners appear to have been cultivating it for years. We think this looks excellent set in your home against a modern urban setting or equally any home where it will get the love and care it needs. Until recently it has been unknown to scientists, so read on to find out more about this fantastic unusual plant.
It only grows to around 1ft (30cm) tall and has small, thick, round, peltate, succulent leaves. These are usually around 10cm in length upon long green stems which become woody as they mature. It produces small white flowers which are sometimes tinged with pink but these flowers are mostly insignificant as the main focal point of this plant is the succulent leaves.
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Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) – Image credit: wikimedia.org
They appear to be best suited to a partially shaded position, so will grow well on a windowsill in light but not in direct sunlight or in the corner of a room where it might not receive enough sunlight.
They prefer a well-drained soil but they will grow in most types of soil as long as it is free-draining. The Chinese money plant will grow well in a cool room and outside in summer.They are thought to be hardy to a certain extent, to be hardy down to around 0c because of the regions they have originated from. They will probably not survive the wet and cold weather we have in the UK, several gardeners have tried unsuccessfully. If you have one growing successfully outside, please do let us know by commenting at the bottom.
By moving plants into cooler areas that are around 10c for the winter, this may encourage flowering.
Money plant care
These plants are generally easy to grow as most gardeners have commented on this. It is also recommended that you pot plants on every 2-3 years. The only other care that is needed is regular watering during summer (in the growing season) and feed them with a balanced fertiliser every 2-3 weeks. Remove any old leggy foliage to promote new growth and keep the plants looking healthy.
Propagating new plants
They are best propagated by dividing mature plants or detaching rosettes in spring to grow on into new plants. Stem cuttings can also be taken from spring. See our recommended best propagators
Problems to look out for
They don’t appear to have many problems and are generally pest free apart from the odd aphid. They can be affected by mildew so watch out for the distinctive white powdery fungus on the leaves and at first signs and remove any badly affected leaves and use a small garden sprayer with a fungicide in to treat the leave
Where to buy Chinese Money Plants
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