Pilea Peperomioides

$10 to $30

The Chinese money plant became popularized in minimally designed Scandinavian interiors, with its bright green circular-shaped leaves. Also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant it is actually originally from the southwestern Yunnan province of China. Popular lore maintains that a Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espegren, took cuttings home with him in the 1940s, and shared them with friends and family. Those plants were spread throughout Scandinavia, and eventually the world, as people passed cutting between friends.

 

Bright indirect light or direct morning sun. Avoid strong afternoon sun. Rotate regularly to keep plant growing symmetrically.

Allow top surface of soil to dry slightly between waterings.

Not recommended for potting in a container without a drain hole. Pot in a light airy mix with some peat moss.

Spring through fall 1x/mo with 1/2 strength fertilizer

New growth or plantlets, can grow up through the soil and can separate from the mother plant. Follow the stem about an inch under, and use a clean, sharp knife to cut the baby plant free. Plantlets also grow straight from the stem, and you can cut these free, place in water to root, and then follow the same directions as above.

This plant is not toxic.

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