Pilea peperomioides is part of the Urticaceae family and is native to Yunnan Province in Southern China. Lots of people think this plant is a Peperomia - the Latin name is fitting, as “peperomioides” translates to Peperomia-like. Rotate this plant for even growth, as these plants mature they may lose their lower leaves and begin to look more tree-like.


This plant is non-toxic.


Pot size: 10.5m pot

Height: Approximately 15cm.

Pictured in a Berlijn pot.

Ceramic pot not included.




Is Pilea peperomioides a succulent?


Pilea peperomiodes is a succulent plant. Also known as 'Chinese money plant', it's classified as a succulent, which means that it’s great at retaining moisture and produces lovely lush green leaves when it’s watered and fed properly. 


Do Pilea peperomioides flower?


Yes, this is a flowering plant, however, it only rarely does so. The flowers have been compared to elderberry flowers and grow in small clusters of yellow-green blossoms. Don’t worry if your plant doesn’t flower, as the UFO shaped leaves are the main focal point here. 


How big can pilea peperomioides grow?


Pilea peperomiodes can grow as tall as 12 inches if it’s kept in good conditions. You can encourage further growth by repotting your Chinese money plant into a bigger pot, just make sure that there are drainage holes in its new home so that you avoid root rot. 


How do you care for a Chinese money plant?


Care for your Chinese money plant by keeping it in bright filtered light. This plant is famously easy to care for, as it can happily thrive in temperatures from between 15-30, but try not to leave it in a room cooler than 10. Let its water dry out in between watering, but make sure to check at least once a week so that it doesn’t go without for too long. Fertilise during growing season every 2-3 weeks to give it the best chance to thrive.    


When should you repot pilea peperomioides?


You should not need to repot your pilea peperomioides for at least a year after buying it. Repotting any plant is a task that shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. The recommended time to repot a Chinese money plant is 2 years when this is done you should use new soil and should always be moved to a pot the same size, or larger. If you must repot your pilea peperomioides then don’t do it in winter, as the conditions might make it difficult for the plant to recover.


Do pilea peperomioides like to be root bound?


Due to their small root systems, pilea perperomioides are unlikely to be root bound in a small pot. Repotting your Chinese money plant after 2 years should prevent it from becoming root-bound and will keep it growing happily.   


Does pilea peperomioides die back in winter?


Pilea peperomioides shouldn’t ‘die back’ in winter, however it’s likely to not grow as quickly as it would do at other points in the year. Don’t worry if your Chinese money plant appears to slow down like this during the winter, just make sure that you keep it in temperate conditions with access to as much indirect sunlight as possible.


How do you propagate pilea peperomioides?


Pilea peperomioides will propogate by itself given enough time and comfy conditions. Tiny ‘babies’ or ‘pups’ will start to sprout around the base of the plant which you can then transplant to their own pots to grow on their own! Alternatively, you can leave these pups where they are and allow the plant to develop naturally. 

Pilea peperomioides - Chinese Money Plant