A Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Money Plant Care (Pilea Peperomioides)

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The pilea is really a quite forgiving little plant and easy to care for.

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Houseplants have become all the rage in the last few years. More and more people are coming to enjoy not only the look of having houseplants, like, pilea peperomioides, also known as the Chinese Money Plant, in their homes but also the pleasure of watching them grow and thrive.

Unfortunately, not all of us were born with a green thumb, that innate ability to care for living plants that some people seem to have. Thankfully, you don’t need to be an expert in houseplant care to succeed with most houseplants successfully. You need a bit of information about what to do if things go wrong. Here are a few tips on caring for pilea peperomioides, including some of the more common problems that may arise and how to rectify them.

Pilea Peperomioide Chinese money plant

Basic Care of the Chinese Money Plant

The pilea is really a quite forgiving little plant. It does best in bright, indirect light but will grow in almost any light except deep shade or harsh direct sunlight. They even do remarkably well under fluorescent lighting. This and their compact size make them ideal for the office environment.

While they do not like it when their soil gets dried out completely, they are also prone to root rot if their soil stays wet. Watering once or twice a week should be more than enough in the warmer months. Cut back watering in the winter. They do not grow as much as the temperature drops and the days shorten, so they do not need as much water, and the cooler temperatures make them even more susceptible to root rot.

Additional tips: For fuller growth, use a mild fertilizer. Never let your Chinese Money Plant, or any other houseplant, sit on or near an active radiator or heating vent. The hot, dry air will damage it.

Pilea Peperomioide Chinese money plant
Pilea Peperomioide Chinese Money Plant | Etsy  

Recognizing and Solving Problems for the Money Plant Pilea Peperomioides

Now that you know the basics of pilea peperomioides care; let’s tackle some of the problems that may come up for Chinese Money Plants.

  • Droopy leaves – this is usually a sign that your plant needs water. Give it a good watering, and it should perk right back up. If you find that your plant needs more frequent watering,  it may be time to repot it into something larger.
  • Curled leaves – If your plant’s leaves have begun to curl under, likely, it is not getting enough light. Try moving it to an area where it will receive longer periods of bright lighting. Keep it out of direct afternoon sun as this will burn the leaves.
  • Brown spots on leaves – these usually show up near the center of the leaf and maybe rimmed in yellow. These are a sign of a fungal infection. Remove the affected leaf with sharp scissors and spray or gently wash the plant with a houseplant fungicide.
  • Brown or yellow edges are usually signs that your plant is not getting enough water or maybe in a spot that gets too much sunlight. Move the plant somewhere less bright and increase watering. If the damage is limited to a small portion of the leaf, you can trim it off. If most or all of the leaf is affected, it is best to remove the entire thing.
  • Yellow, limp leaves – this is a symptom of the dreaded root rot. Cease watering until the soil has dried out completely. Take the time to be sure the pot’s drainage holes have not become blocked before watering again. In extreme cases, you may not be able to save your little pilea, but if caught in time, it should pull through.

Overall, the Chinese Money Plant is adaptable to most living conditions and easy to care for. They are the perfect accent to a side table, desk, or countertop and could be just the thing to bring a little life to your bathroom.

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