Identify My Plant- Pilea peperomioides/Chinese Money Plant

Could you please identify my plant and explain how to care for it.



Hi Cher,


Your plant is called a Pilea peperomioides or Chinese Money Plant. Also called a Pancake plant because of the round shape of the leaves. Here are some care tips to help grow the plant. Light: Place the plant in  bright, indirect light but no direct sun. Direct sun will burn the leaves. If the light is too low,  the plant does not produce new leaves. Water: A Chinese Money plant has thick leaves that store water. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. Over-watering, is the easiest way to kill this plant. Yellow leaves appear when the soil has been kept too wet and indicates that the roots are in trouble. Setting the plant in a deep saucer of water for 10  minutes is a good way to water. The plant absorbs what it needs and never sits in excess water afterwards. Plant Food: Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer with a balanced, liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Do not feed in the winter. Temperature: This plant likes warm temperatures between 60°-80°F (15.5°-26.7°C). Cold winter drafts and temperatures below 50°-55°F (10°-12.8°C) will damage the leaves. Pruning: Is the plant producing any offsets, baby plants around the base of the plant? These babies are will make the plant look fuller as they develop. Pot: Do not move the plant to a larger pot until the roots have almost filled the existing pot; then use the next size pot only and nothing larger.