The Pilea peperomioides has many nicknames including Chinese Money Plant, UFO or Missionary Plant. Known for its round pad-like and bright green foliage, the Pilea has been notorious in Scandinavian countries for many years now. A Norwegian missionary exported cuttings from its native China and propagated them in Europe where it is now very popular. Although it has only been available in North America for a few years, it has quickly become a favorite among plant enthusiasts on this side of the Atlantic. Incidentally, it is the perfect plant to share since it quickly produces offshoots that can be divided. No wonder it is called the Friendship Plant!
The Pilea peperomioides is easy to care for and will thrive when set in a luminous zone near a window, but it is best to keep it away from direct sunlight for it may cause the leaves to burn. A sign of insufficient light conditions occurs when the foliage fades.
Let the Pilea dry on the surface between two waterings. In general, a weekly drink should suffice depending on the season. If the stalks wilt your Pilea is thirsty, so verify the soil’s moisture level before watering it.
When you take possession of your plant, make sure you assess its watering needs. Before you give it a drink the first time, check the soil’s moisture level to verify whether or not it is moist near the surface. It is best to aerate the soil before the initial watering since it is often compacted to avoid shifting during transit. This also allows it to breathe and release moisture.
Rotate your plant periodically in order to encourage an even growth. Cleaning the leaves regularly will stimulate proper photosynthesis. As you wipe the foliage, inspect the leaves on either side to make sure there are no pests.
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