Pilea’s are one of the most popular Peperomia plants in the houseplant world today! They sport adorable coin-shaped leaves and bright green hues. These plants are fast growers and low maintenance which makes them perfect for beginner plant parents. Pilea’s originate from the Yunnan province of China and is nicknamed the Chinese Money Plant due to its appearance of large green coins. These plants were often thought to bring good fortune and money to its owner. That being said, it is often given as a housewarming gift.
Bright indirect light is the best way to go with a Pilea. Direct sun can burn its coin-like leaves. This plant can tolerate lower light levels, however, it will turn a darker green color and will become leggy. Make sure to rotate your plant so it continues to grow straight up. No one wants a lopsided plant!
Watering depends on the season and your particular climate. More than likely, your Pilea will require more water during the hotter months and less in the colder months. Water when the soil on top of your plant is dry. A great way to find out is by sticking your finger in the soil up to your first knuckle. If it is dry and dirt doesn’t stick much to your finger… water away!
Pilea’s don’t need much extra humidity. Feel free to mist it every now and then. A word of caution: Misting can be good but can also allow for mildew growth or fungus gnats. Spritz with care!
A Pilea does wonderfully well in normal household temperatures ranging from 65-75 degrees F or 18-23 degrees C. Make sure your plant isn’t sitting next to drafts, especially from heaters in the winter. This may cause the plant to drop some of its leaves.
Pilea’s can be fed once a month in the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer. Make sure to pick one for indoor plants.
These coin-shaped beauties are not considered toxic to humans or their furry friends. Ingestion might cause an upset stomach in pets like most plants. If your pet munches on your Pilea it is normal to see some vomiting or diarrhea but nothing more serious than that.