Some people call me a Pancake Plant which gives you a better idea of my appearance. I have many stems which hold flat, round, green leaves.
A long-time favourite among houseplant owners, no collection is complete without a money plant. This one is from East Asia, but it is not so distantly related to the nettles which grow wild in Britain.
Easy to care for, it’s the perfect plant for new gardeners. It can survive well if you forget to water or feed it, and with proper attention, it will grow glossy green leaves and beautify your home!
Growing pot size: 27cm
Overall plant height including growing pot: 40-50cm
The Chinese Money Plant in a biodegradable handmade coconut fibre bowl. No decorative pot needed. It also includes a hanging rope.
Kododamas are made in Sri Lanka in collaboration with local communities. Every bowl sold help projects that give school children a better future!
But what is the correct spelling?
Kokedama: A Japanese tradition, they are bowls made with moss on which the plant grows.
Kokodama: Our Kokodamas are based on the Japanese tradition but made with coconut fibre, hence the slight variation on their name!
Key Benefits of Chinese Money Plant:
Mature Pilea peperomioides produce baby plants that grow from their roots. Leave the mini-plants in the same pot as their parents for a while. Once they reach 5 to 10 centimetres you can plant them in their own pots, preferably in the Spring.
This plant is one of the plants that NASA recommended to remove impurities from the air. Great for offices and apartments in sky-high buildings.
Chinese Money Plant Care Tips:
Chinese Money Plants will thrive if kept away from direct sunlight and with regular watering.
- If you prefer the plant in a decorative planter, there’s no need to re-pot it, just slide the growing pot straight into it.
- You may need to hydrate it more often in the warmer seasons. Make sure the soil is dry between waterings to prevent root rot.
- Once a month, it will appreciate feeding with diluted fertiliser.
- Wipe the leaves from time to time to keep them shiny and dust-free.
- Once every 2 years, if you notice it’s starting to get root bound, re-pot it, preferably in the spring.
The Chinese Money Plant Story
Each plant grows slightly differently. As it matures, it expands more vertically and it can start producing very small flowers.
Where is it from?
Scottish Botanist George Forrest was one of the first westerners to explore the province of Yunnan in the South West of China. He was the first one to collect Pilea peperomioides in 1906 and in 1910.