Pilea Peperomioides are known for their green, coin-shaped leaves commonly known as the Chinese money plant. They grow well in dry conditions, which can adapt pretty well into low light conditions, and are grows fast, making them low-maintenance plants. This plant is highly recommended for beginners. A healthy and happy Pilea will sprout tiny “pups” that you can propagate and make a new plant out of it.
Pilea like its name has a distinctive look with its round coin-like leaves and straight stems.
General Care For Pilea
Pilea’s can thrive in bright spaces but like many other indoor plants don’t require direct sunlight.
These hardy plants grow quickly with a once-a-week watering (depending on the temperature in your home). I usually Water mine weekly. Allow soil to dry out before watering. Soil should be dry about 2″ inch down from the surface.
Normally Chinese money plant grows well in room humidity, but if the edges burn or crisp, raise the humidity levels either by placing a pot of water near the plant or you can use a humidifier.
55°F-85°F (13°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 50°F (10°C).
It is generally a very easy-going plant. May get spider mites and mealybugs. You have to treat mites and mealybugs immediately as they appear with weekly sprays of Neem oil and regular wipes of the leaves.
SYMPTOM: Pilea leaves turning brown and crispy at the edges
CAUSE: Under watered, low humidity, high salts, or potassium deficiency
SYMPTOM: Leaf curl/droopy
CAUSE: Under watered
SYMPTOM: Yellowing, possible black stems, mushiness, falling apart
CAUSE: Rot or root disease; overwatering
These plants are not poisonous if consumed by cats, dogs, or humans. But its always recommended keeping the houseplants away from small kids and pets.