Pilea peperomioides, also known as Chinese money plant, pancake plant, friendship plant, missionary plant or UFO plant is a specie of flowering plants in the family Urticaceae, native to Yunnan Province in southern China. They look like spies who came from another planet.
Pilea is an easy to care for plant that likes heaps of light. You can easily propagate it from the readily available basal shoots or leaf cuttings.
Light: Pilea likes a lot of light, keep it in a bright indirect light spot.
Watering: The soil needs to mostly dry out between waterings, with more watering required in warmer, sunnier weather. If the leaves start to look slightly droopy, that’s a sign that the plant needs water.
Soil: Well-draining potting soil, and a pot with drainage holes is necessary.
Always be sure to assess your plant’s watering needs upon receiving it. Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first to ensure it isn’t moist right beneath the surface. Also, consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breathe and allow moisture to be released.
Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize efficiently. When dusting the leaves, also take the opportunity to inspect the undersides and keep an eye out for pests.
Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your plant and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship