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Chinese Money plant

Chinese Money plant

Officially known as the Pilea Peperomioides, but we like to call it Pancake plant. That's easier to remember! The plant was already popular in the 70s. And we understand why! The plant has flat round leaves that look like coins, poffertjes or small pancakes. Originally, the plant comes from China, where it is called the Chinese Money Plant. The plant is easy to maintain, which makes it a fine houseplant. In addition, the cutting of the pancake plant is very simple. This makes the plant even more popular.

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Chinese Money plant

Officially known as the Pilea Peperomioides, but we like to call it Pancake plant. That’s easier to remember! The plant was already popular in the 70s. And we understand why! The plant has flat round leaves that look like coins, poffertjes or small pancakes. Originally, the plant comes from China, where it is called the Chinese Money Plant. The plant is easy to maintain, which makes it a fine houseplant. In addition, the cutting of the pancake plant is very simple. This makes the plant even more popular.

Chinese Money plant

Officially known as the Pilea Peperomioides, but we like to call it Pancake plant. That’s easier to remember! The plant was already popular in the 70s. And we understand why! The plant has flat round leaves that look like coins, poffertjes or small pancakes. Originally, the plant comes from China, where it is called the Chinese Money Plant. The plant is easy to maintain, which makes it a fine houseplant. In addition, the cutting of the pancake plant is very simple. This makes the plant even more popular.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Chinese Money plant?

The best location

The Chinese Money plant likes to stand in the sunlight. It doesn’t get too hot either. At least, on really hot days above 30 degrees, it’s best to move it around. If the Chinese Money plant gets too much water, new leaves shrivel up. Even if the leaves turn yellow you have to find a new spot for the plant. This can mean that the plant is either too light or too dark. Move the Chinese Money plant to a new spot. Take your time for this. Do not rigorously move to a spot in direct sunlight if the plant is used to much less light. Step by step.

Watering the Chinese Money plant

Water is definitely something the Chinese Money plant enjoys. Make sure you have a small splash every week and always keep the soil moist. Is the soil still wet after 6 days? Then it is better to give less water. After 6 days, the soil should already be less moist. Is this not the case? Then watch out for root rot. All the excess water at the bottom of the flowerpot can’t go anywhere except to the roots. Beware of too much water. Too little water is not good either! Is the soil dry again after 2 days? Then give it a little more water.

Plant nutrition

You can give the Chinese Money plant extra plant nutrition. However, this is not a requirement! So the choice is yours. If you choose to give the Chinese Money plant extra nutrition, only do so in spring and summer. If you give a plant extra plant nutrition in autumn and winter, this can be harmful for the plant. A little extra plant nutrition twice a month is sufficient for the pancake plant. You can use Universal plant nutrition for the Chinese Money plant. We recommend using 1/4 of the recommended amount of plant nutrition. Especially if the plant is still on the small side.

Repotting

We recommend repotting the Chinese Money plant every year. The plant is very good at making cuttings. Because of this the plant needs extra space. If the Pancake plant has grown out of its flowerpot you can of course repot it earlier. Spring is the best time for repotting. The plant will then start to grow again and has enough energy to repair damaged roots. When repotting, always choose a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger.

Air purifying function

The nice thing about the round leaf is that it is air-purifying. And the Chinese Money plant is quite a good air purifier! Although the plant does not easily stand up to the large leaves of, for example, the Banana plant. To make a real impact, you need many more Chinese Money plants. I don’t think that’s a problem! The plant is very good at making cuttings. So you soon have your own family Chinese Money plant.

Is the Chinese Money plant poisonous?

The Chinese Money plant is not poisonous. At least, as far as we know. Though eating a plant can never be good for a pet. Therefore, pay close attention to eaten leaves. If your pet behaves strangely, it is best to contact the vet.

Diseases and peculiarities

If the air in front of the Chinese Money plant becomes too dry, it can suffer from spider mite. In a few cases the plant can get shell- or mealybugs. The mealybugs can be combatted with a large jet of water. For spider mites or aphids it is best to use a pesticide.

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