Pilea Peperomioides Care Guide

More commonly known as the Chinese Money Plant, the Pilea Peperomioides is top of everyone’s indoor jungle wishlist. They grow and reproduce super quickly, sprouting new leaves in the surrounding soil.

Did you know? The Chinese Money Plant comes from Southwest China and was originally believed to bring good luck, money and fortune to its owner.

Top 3 Care Tips



Water your plant once a week, but only if the top level of soil has dried out



Pick off any dead leaves from the base of the stem to stimulate new growth



Position your plant where it can get some light, keeping it out of direct sunshine

Things To Do

The Chinese Money Plant loves soaking up a little bit of sunshine, but not too much. Position your plant near a big bright window and it’ll be happy.

Water your plant approximately once a week but check that the soil’s dry to touch before watering. You can do this by pushing your thumb an inch into the soil. If it’s damp, leave it a few more days as Chinese Money Plants don’t like soggy soil.

Wipe the leaves frequently with a damp cloth to remove dust. This ensures the leaves get all the light they need, enabling them to grow and flourish.



The Chinese Money Plant is also called the Friendship Plant as you can propagate it quite easily. For more about propagation and detailed plant care, please read our blog: How to Care for Pilea Peperomioides

During the Summer months, your Pilea can be fed once a month to keep those leaves bright and green.

This plant is considered non-toxic, so it’s a great pet-friendly option.

Things Not To Do

Be careful not to let your plant sit in direct sunlight, particularly during the summer months. It would be such a shame to scorch the gorgeous leaves. Low light levels however can cause the plant to grow tall and leggy, so try to find a happy medium.

While a few yellow leaves are normal as the plant ages, leaves that suddenly turn yellow or fall off indicate that you’ve overwatered your plant. Gently pull off any yellowing leaves close to the soil and drain the plant of any excess water. Be careful not to let the soil become bone dry before watering either.