Show Me the Money (Plant)—Pilea Peperomiodes Care

If you’re been collecting houseplants for a while, you’ll undoubtedly have heard of Pilea peperomioides.

Better known as the Chinese money plant or even just Pilea, this round-leaved, easy-care houseplant has taken the world by storm.

And it’s not difficult to see why! This is an undemanding, quick grower that’s super easy to propagate.


Light and temperature

No direct sun needed for this one! Place yours on a windowsill, or at least near a window that receives plenty of indirect light, and you’re all set.


Water and humidity

The best way to figure out whether it’s time to water is by gauging the moisture level in the soil: just stick your finger in there. If it still feels damp, wait a little longer.


Soil and planting

In order to provide proper drainage, it’s a good idea to use a soil mixture that has some gritty material mixed in. Pure houseplant potting soil often just retains a bit too much water, so add at least 20 percent perlite and maybe some fine orchid bark.



Be sure to only fertilize during the growing season and if your Pilea is doing well. If it’s struggling, or just not growing (like during winter), applying fertilizer can damage the roots and make things worse.



Your Chinese money plant generally won’t need to be pruned aside from the occasional removal of dead foliage.

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