Pilea Plant Care Tips | Pilea Peperomioides

Your resident plant lady here, to chat about Pilea Peperomioides (also known as Chinese Money)! The Pilea is well known for being easy to propagate and share with others making it a valuable plant to have in your home. Get one today and soon you’ll have many for you and your friends!

Pilea Peperomioides Plant Care Tips

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Pilea Plant Basics

Today I’m going to share everything I know about Pilea Peperomioides plant – also known as Pilea, pancake plant, UFO plant, Chinese Money plant, missionary plant and lefse plant. (I love all the crazy plant names!)

It’s known for its round, pancake like leaves in a bright green. The Pilea is native to China but very popular in Scandanavia. It’s been said that a Norwegian missionary propagated it in Europe which quickly made it a popular hoseplant there.

If you look at a pilea, you’ll notice the leaves often pile on top of one another giving it the appearance of large green coins. That’s how it’s nickname of the Chinese money Plant came to be!

Pilea Plant Care

Pilea Peperomioides Plant Care Tips

I’m newer to this plant so I’m still learning things. Admittedly, my first pilea plant does not look as happy and healthy as it should so doing the research for today’s post was very valuable for me!

I realized the spot I had them in my office was too sunny and too cold during the bitter cold months. Since I moved them they’re doing so much better and haven’t dropped a leaf in months! So without further ado, Pilea plant care tips.


Like most plants you should water your Pilea about 1 to 2 weeks.

Pilea plants don’t like to be overwatered and can get root rot if that happens so be sure that they are dried out before watering them again.

One trick is to simply stick your finger in the top of the soil to check it’s moisture level. If it’s dry, give it some water. If it’s still wet, leave it alone!


Chinese Money plants don’t like direct sun – they prefer medium light. Have them near a sunny window (south or west is best) but be sure that the light they’re getting is filtered.

Pilea Plant Care Tips

Rotate your plant if only one side gets sun! It will start to reach towards one side if you’re not rotating it.


Pilea plants hate to be over wet so pick a well-draining and quick drying soil. Choosing something with peat moss or coir fiber is a great idea.

Temperature and Humidity

Don’t let your pilea be in a spot that gets cooler than 50 degrees Farenheit! The like to be in comfortable temps that aren’t too drafty.


This plant is non toxic.

Pilea FAQ

Why are the leaves drooping and curling downward?

The most common problem with this is overwatering or insufficient drainage.

Let your plant dry completely out and the water it again – making sure to not overwater and allowing it to fully drain.

How to Propagate a Pilea Peperomioides

Propagating a Pilea is super easy!

First, cut off the little plants that shoot out next to the mother plant. My original plant actually came with 2 large shoots so I immediately cut one off and planted them both separately. They’ve both since sprouted additional shoots!

All you need to do, is cut the root about 1 cm below the soil. The bigger the plant the higher the chance of survival.

Then plant it directly into moist soil. It should anchor itself in just a few weeks. You’ll be able to tell when it starts growing new leaves.

If your little plantlet doesn’t have roots yet, put it a small jar (or glass) of water, just like you would with your pothos when you propagate it.

The reason they’re nicknamed the missionary plant is because they’re meant to be shared! When you see a new plantlet, cut it off and pass it on. Chinese Money plants can be hard to find so your best option is to share it with people.

(Check out the neon pothos for other easy to propagate plants!)

Where to Buy

I’m always a fan of checking your local nursery for plants so start there! (Locals – I love Bachmans and Tonkadale.) But I have had success with online stores too!

I’ve never personally bought anything from the Sill but I’ve heard amazing things! They’re also available from a variety of vendors on Amazon too.

And that’s it!

Pilea plants are really fun, mostly easy plants that are great additions to your home.

I hope this helps you know everything you need to know about Pilea plant care! Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

With love


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