Pilea Peperomioides Plant Care

So, what about Pilea Peperomioides plant care? Here’s your full guide, coming from someone who has raised a few.

These are extremely beautiful plants and a modern addition to your home!

While its popularity mostly started back in 2017 and for a while, it was quite difficult to find in some countries, nowadays it can be easily found in stores as well as shared by other plant friends.

Why? Well, there’s a very good reason for that.

It’s because this plant produces babies easily and quickly. And those babies can be separated from the mother plant to start a whole new pilea pot!

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Plant ID:

Pilea Peperomioides (a.k.a. Pancake Plant, Chinese Money Plant, Friendship Plant, Missionary Plant).


Pilea Peperomioides, Pilea Sugar and Pilea Splash
Pilea Collection


My collection:

In the above picture you see 3 different varieties of the Chinese Money Plant:

  • the “regular” green-leafed Pilea Pepermioides,
  • the Pilea Sugar (not perfectly rounded “pancake-shaped” leaves with white/cream dots)
  • the Pilea Splash (with some more pronounced white/cream variegation).

I had a larger version before, which in one year time grew up tall and even produced a couple of babies! I did give that away a while ago.

Plant origin:

Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southern China.

Difficulty Level:



Fast in the right conditions.


Bright indirect light (but it’s flexible!). It could even be placed in a north-facing window. Just watch its growth to see if that would be suitable for yours all-year-round!

If it’s getting leggy, you’ll know it is reaching for more light and you can move it to a brighter area to keep it more compact.

On another hand, watch out for sunburn in case you had it too close to a south-facing window.

If that’s your only option, I would recommend filtering that light or pushing it back, further away from the window.

Important tip on lighting and shape of this plant, is to rotate your plant often, which will keep the growth even.

You can do this about once a week, as you go around checking on your plants.


Watering Pileas will depend on the type of pot and soil you have it in as well as, of course, the season. During the growing season when it’s lighter and warmer, the plant will need water a lot more often than during winter.

I find my plant to be happy with a once-a-week thoroughly watering routine. I do wait for the soil to be dry out before I give it a good soak.

And be careful with root-rot: do not let your pilea plant be seating on wet feet. Since I currently use terracotta pots only, I normally have the opposite: the soil drying out very fast.


Pilea Chinese Money Plant Care


This plant doesn’t need it since it is actually a part of the succulent family.


I typically start fertilizing this plant earlier than others, as soon as I see new growth coming (and this grows fast!).

I use a very diluted fertilizer (bought from the plant store) or diluted fish emulsion or even my own natural fertilizer (which I will talk about later on, on this blog).

Fish Emulsion

Organic fertilizer (fish mix) for houseplants.

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As long as it grows, I fertilize my plant (roughly every 2 weeks)!


I personally use a cactus/succulent mix, as well-draining as possible. But it would also do well in regular indoor plant soil mixed with perlite.


I have experimented with both plastic and terracotta for this plant (as long as they have good drainage holes) and both have worked well for me.

Of course, if you have a plastic pot, slow down on the watering schedule.

On a terracotta pot, I find that my pilea needs water quite often, but then again, it does help with avoiding wet feet which is great for this plant!


The pilea propagates on its own – it clones itself by generating babies from different points of the pot.

You can easily separate these babies and place them on a new pot. In this case, wait a few weeks for the babies to have their own root system!

Or you can place them in a small water vessel and wait for the roots to form out of the baby so then you can move it into soil later.

On another hand, of course, you could also leave the babies with the mother plant to make it fuller!

Pilea Plant Collection including 4 differenct varieties

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