Our son gave us a Chinese Money Plant for Christmas. We did our research to learn that the Pilea peperomioides plant is originally from the Yunnan province of China. The Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espergren, took cuttings home with him and shared the plants, which started friends sharing the plants, and passing them through through Scandinavia, and eventually the rest of the world.We had never heard of such a plant but we were fascinated by the foliage. You can see that the stem makes its attachment inside the leaf, so unlike the flower and stem arrangements that are familiar to us. I have been told that they grow very slowly which is why you will be lucky to find then for sale in a nursery – although it will happen. Apparently many people get their Chinese money plant from a friend. It’s easy to believe that because the plant given to us had several little baby plants inside its little pot. I think you can see those baby leaves beneath the larger leaves – and this is still a young plant.
The plant popped right out of its small pot and I have to say the roots of the mama plant and the babies made a very tough, rooty bed. I just took a deep breath and tried to pull the babies away from the mama plant. I managed to do that but it was not a gentle operation. The babies were well attached to mama’s roots.
There is not a lot of root in these new pots with new plants. I gave them a soaking and made sure they were well arranged in their potting soil. They need to dry out slightly before it is time to water them again, and they should have pots with drainage holes. They need bright light, but not direct sun. They can tolerate cold weather and I was told the cold weather may encourage arrival of tiny white flowers. I have hopes.
I have set the plants in our dining room for the moment, and for the photo, but I am going to have to make an arrangement in the single upstairs room that provides bright sunlight – but not direct sun.
I haven’t had my mama Money Plant very long and I haven’t noticed the dust that was promised. It is suggested to give them a little shower from time to time. They will also need a little fertilizer in the spring and fall.
I will let you know how things work out. Wish me luck.
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I have one too! but I didn’t know it’s common name. Found mine at a nursery, believe it or not. I didn’t know they could flower- how cold does it have to get for that? I might start keeping mine on the windowsill instead of table nearby (it doesn’t seem to get quite enough light as the stems are rather leggy) where it will definitely get more of a cold draft these winter months.
Jeane – My Chinese money plant came to me just before Christmas so I have no experience with knowing how it will get along. – warm, hot, cool or cold weather. I’ll have to take notes!
Oh, those are fun! I’ll have to try one of those someday. I’ll have to do some research. 😉
Beth – They are fun! I’m hoping my cutting the babies off mama will catch and grow.