Chinese Money Leaf - Pilea peperomioides

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Scientific Name
Pilea peperomioides (Peperomia-like plant with leaves like felt caps)

Common Name
Chinese Money Plant, UFO Plant, Pancake Plant, Missionary Plant, Pass-it-on-Plant

Origin
Native to Southwest China, in the foothills of the Himalayas

Description
The Chinese Money Plant stands out for its unique, coin- (or pancake-) shaped foliage forming an explosion of leaves which hover around the stem of the plant like a host of flying saucers- giving it the alternative name of the UFO Plant. This plant also produces pups, so as it grows you may find miniature versions in your pot beside it, which can be potted into their own pots once they're established and rooted! This easygoing, distinctive-looking houseplant will reward a bright spot and not-too-soggy soil with an explosion of saucer-like leaves which grab attention on any sideboard or shelf.

Light

Bright, indirect light is best for the Chinese Money Plant; it doesn't like strong sunlight but will appreciate a splash or morning or evening sun, especially in winter. In a dimmer location, make sure you water it less frequently.

Water

Allow the top third to dry out between waters, and let even more dry in autumn and winter when the plant is normally dormant. Make sure your water is not too cold as this can shock the plant.

Humidity
Average humidity works well with the Chinese Money Plant, just make sure it's not too close to a radiator.

Soil

Use a chunky, well-draining soil to keep your Pilea's roots happy; a mix with added bark would work well. Repot every two years as the plant grows.

Food
Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.

Temperature
Average household temperatures of about 18-24°C are fine- make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

Pet-safe
Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
The most common issues are overwatering- look out for green, curling leaves- and overexposure to sunlight- watch for yellow leaves with elongated veins. If you spot either of these signs, you can tailor the amount you water and the amount of light the plant gets to find the perfect place for it


All our plants come in a plastic nursery pot as standard.
Decorative pots are sold separately and can be found here.

You can use our handy size filter to find the perfect pot!
For plants the size on the dropdown is the size of the nursery pot the plant comes in. For pots the size on the dropdown is the pots internal diameter. For example, if you select a 12cm pot and a 12cm plant, they should fit perfectly together.

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Kali
Lovely little plant, arrived healthy and w...

Lovely little plant, arrived healthy and well-packaged :)