[Chinese Money Plant]
[Chinese Money Plant]
[Chinese Money Plant]
[Chinese Money Plant]
[Chinese Money Plant]
[Chinese Money Plant]

PILEA [Chinese Money Plant]

Pilea peperomioides

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Regular price R 109.00 Save R -109.00


Pilea peperomioides or Chinese Money Plant has captured the attention of the global plant community for its perfectly round, bright green leaves and easy going nature. First cultivated high in the Chinese mountains over a century ago, it has only been commercially available in the West for the past few years. The coin shaped leaves are believed to bring you money honey!

Pileas are also known as the friendship plant because it is so easy to propagate from the baby plants it produces. Just choose a baby cluster sprouting up from the soil and gently dig it out and away from the mother plant, roots attached. Plant in moist soil or leave in water for the roots to develop further.

Comes in a 12cm grow pot. Decorative planters sold separately.

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Caring for Pilea


Pileas need bright light, preferably near a window, although watch out for too much direct sun or harsh afternoon sun, which can scorch leaves.

Water & humidity

Rather under-water this plant. The soil should be dry 2-3cm down before watering again. Droopy leaves indicate the plant is thirsty. Mushy leaves with brown spots means it's getting too much H20.


Feed your Pilea once a month in summer with organic fertiliser. Don't feed in winter.

Re-potting & propagating

Pileas are one of the easiest plants to propagate and share - earning it the nickname 'Friendship Plant'. Simply take a cutting and put it in water or moist soil until it roots. They are fast growers and respond well to re-potting every year.

Atrium Top Tip

Your Pilea will talk to you through its leaves! Droopy leaves = thirsty. Yellow mushy leaves = over-watered. Brown crispy leaf edges = high salts, low humidity or a potassium deficiency.

Quirky plant fact

Samples of this plant were first taken from China in 1910 in the Tsangshan mountain range, which rises to almost 14,000 feet in altitude (4,250m). However, it was largely forgotten until 1946, when it was rediscovered and brought to Norway by a Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren.