Pilea peperomioides, also known as Chinese money plant, pancake plant, friendship plant, missionary plant or ufo plant. It’s a species of flowering plants in the family Urticaceae, native to Yunnan Province in southern China.
The story of Pilea peperomioides has it that a Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren brought it back to Norway from China in 1946. He then shared the basal shoots with his friends and since he travelled often, the plant was effectively distributed around Norway. Pilea peperomioides is now a widespread window sill plant known as ‘Missionary plant’ in Norway.
Pilea is an easy to care for plant that likes heaps of light. You can easily propagate it fro the readily available basal shoots or leaf cuttings.
Size: The stems of this plant are about 20cm tall & it comes in a 12cm plastic nursery pot.
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.
Temperature: It can withstand temperatures as low as 10C, thus if you are lucky to be in a tropic zone, you can even plant these outside all year.
Propagation: This plant is fairly easy to propagate. It is said that even a leaf with a stem can root in the water. A happy plant will eventually send baby plants through the soil, which you can pluck out and seperate from the mother plant. If their roots aren’t well developed, place it first in a glass of distilled water. If the little plantlets roots are established, simply plant it in the soil.
Soil: Well-draining potting soil, and a pot with drainage holes is necessary.
Good news: Pilea Peperomioides is not toxic to animals.
It will look beautiful with Violaine Toth Cosmos Planter.