Pilea Peperomioides | Chinese Money Plant

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Origin: West Indies

Height: Up to 12 in (30 cm)

Light: Bright light. The foliage will lose its bright green color if the light level is too low. It's a good idea to place it in bright, indirect sunlight year-round.

Water: Spring through fall, water thoroughly. Use a pot with drainage holes and allow soil to dry out a little between waterings. Over-watering will cause leaves to wilt or fall off. Keep slightly drier in winter when growth is slower. Always use tepid water when watering houseplants.

Humidity: Moderate (around 40% relative humidity) or higher. If indoor air is dry in winter, raise the humidity around your houseplants. Brown leaf tips are caused by dry air.

Temperature: Warm room temperatures 65-85°F/18-29°C year-round. Pilea peperomioides will tolerate a minimum temperature of 55°F/13°C in winter.

Soil: Good-quality peat moss-based potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.

Propagation: Take 3 in (7.5 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Cut the stem just below a node -- the place where a leaf is attached. Nodes contain cells that will grow roots. Place the cut end in moist potting mix and cover the plant loosely with a plastic bag to retain humidity. Cuttings root easily in about a month. P. peperomioides also grows offsets in abundance -- just separate them from the parent plant and pot them.