Pilea Peperomioides (aks Chinese Money Plant) plant care guide.

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How to care for your Pilea Peperomioides

DATE:June 29, 2020BY:Little Pilea

Pilea Peperomioides is a semi-succulent native to Yunnan Province in Southern China at the foot of the Himalayas. Pilea Peperomioides pronunciation is 'pie-lee-uh' and it is also known as the Chinese Money Plant or the UFO Plant due to its coin-shaped foliage. Pilea Peperomioides is very easy to care and it propagates itself quite regularly.


Your Pilea prefers bright indirect sunlight and will lean toward the light source. Rotate your plant twice a week to promote even growth and dust the leaves often to allow for more efficient photosynthesis. Your Pilea can adapt to lower light areas. However, it will likely develop larger leaves with darker green color.

how to care for your pilea


Water your plant with soft or distilled water only when the topsoil is dry, usually every 5-7 days depending on the indoor climate and lighting conditions. Pilea peperomioides has semi-succulent stems with waxy leaves, that help the plant tolerate dry soil. Having the water drain through the bottom and allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings would be a good idea for this plant. Normal room humidity is generally fine for Pilea.


Temperature between 65°F-85°F. However, they prefer warmer temperatures.


During spring and summer, you can feed your plant a diluted general houseplant fertilizer (at half strength) every month to promote growth and healthy leaves.


Pilea and other Peperomia are generally considered safe to pets. Nonetheless, please always take extra caution and keep houseplants out of reach of children and pets.

Common Issues

Why do my plants develop brown leaf tips?

This is most likely caused by the lack of humidity and exposure to dry air. Move your plant to an area of the house with more humidity. You can also stand your plant in a humidity tray or use an electronic humidifier.

What's the cause of Chinese Money Plant yellow leaves?

This is likely due to over-watering. Feel your soil and if it is moist, then you can hold off watering until the soil dries all the way through. Make sure you only water when the top inches of the soil is dry. Also, make sure your pot has drainage holes and the pot is not big for your plant as extra soil will hold extra moisture.

Why are my plant's leaves drooping and curling downward?

This is likely due to dry soil. Having a specific day of the week to water your plant would be a great idea.

There are brown spots on my Pilea's leaves. What's the cause?

This often due to high-intensity light sources. Unfortunately, burned leaves cannot come back. Move it a little further from the window would avoid future damage. Please note that sunlight from lowest to highest intensity goes from north-facing, east-facing, west-facing, and finally south-facing windows.


Why are my Pilea's leaves curling inward and forming a cup?

This is often due to exposure to high-intensity heat sources. Check the temperature around your Pilea and make sure your plant is not exposed to hot air. 

How often does my Pilea need to be repotted?

Pilea is a smaller plant and should only need repotting once a year at most. Normally, spring and summer, especially during late morning, is the ideal time for repotting as your plant is at its strongest. You should choose a new pot that’s just one or two inches larger in diameter than the old pot and avoid fertilizing the newly potted plants for at least three months in order not to burn developing roots.

If you just got a new plant, it is ideal to keep the plant in its original pot. The plant needs time to adapt to a new environment. Repotting a new plant could be too stressful for it.

Need further help with your plant. Please check our guide on common issues.



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