Indoor Chinese Money Plant

How To Care for The Chinese Money Plant

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You may not have known about the Chinese Money Plant prior to this but we bet you'll remember it after! Its quirky, whimsical leaves and button-like growth will leave you mesmerized and wanting more.

Additionally, the care for this plant is relatively easy as it is low maintenance and not so demanding. So, here's everything you need to know about the Chinese Money Plant, also called the Pilea Plant. 



• What Is the Chinese Money Plant or Pancake Plant?

Chinese Money Plant or Pancake Plant

When you look at the Chinese Money Plant, you'll probably understand immediately why it is referred to as the Pancake plant. Not just that but its other nicknames are astoundingly exact as well, such as the Coin Plant and the UFO Plant. 

Scientifically called Pilea Peperomioides, this plant makes for a wonderful indoor plant and its overall quirky appearance makes it a natural charmer. It is a flowering plant found in China and extensively found at the foothills of the Himalayas. 

This flowering plant grows small white flowers when grown outdoors but you must remember that as an indoor charmer, it remains a foliage plant. 



• Chinese Money Plant Care Tips 

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1. Chinese Money Plant Growing Conditions

The Pancake plant thrives in indirect sunlight but remember to avoid direct exposure to prevent leaf scorching. It also prefers temperatures between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C) and moderate humidity levels.

Keep this plant away from drafty windows or heating vents for stable temperatures, as it does not do well with sudden temperature changes.

2. Soil and Potting Mix

Opt for well-draining soil with perlite or sand for enhanced drainage. The best potting mix for Chinese Money plant includes peat moss, perlite, and loam soil. Ensure pots have drainage holes to prevent waterlogging and root rot.

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3. Watering and Growing Medium

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Water thoroughly once the top inch of soil dries out, ensuring excess water drains away. If you’re growing it in water, change its water regularly to prevent stagnation and any potential algae growth.

4. Fertilization

During the growing season (spring and summer), use balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every two to four weeks. During the dormant season, you can reduce or cease fertilization (fall and winter) to mimic natural growth cycles. A liquid fertilizer will be the best fertilizer for Chinese Money plants.


5. Maintenance and Pruning

Rotate your Pancake plant periodically to encourage even growth and prevent leaning towards light sources. Prune leggy stems above a leaf node to promote bushier growth using clean, sharp scissors.



• Chinese Money Plant Benefits

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1. Air Purification

Chinese Money Plants are effective air purifiers, removing harmful toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene emitted by common household items like carpets, furniture, and cleaning products. Improved air quality can lead to better respiratory health and overall well-being.

2. Enhanced Mood and Productivity

Indoor plants, including the Chinese Money Plant, have been linked to enhanced mood, reduced stress levels, and increased productivity. The presence of greenery in indoor spaces has a calming effect on the mind, promoting relaxation and stress relief.

3. Biophilic Design Benefits

Incorporating plants like the Chinese Money Plant into indoor spaces aligns with the principles of biophilic design, which emphasizes the connection between humans and nature. Biophilic design elements have been shown to improve overall well-being, increase feelings of happiness and satisfaction, and foster a sense of connection with the natural world.

4. Humidity Regulation

Chinese Money Plants release moisture through a process called transpiration, which helps regulate indoor humidity levels. By releasing moisture into the air, Chinese Money Plants contribute to a more comfortable and healthier indoor environment, particularly in dry or air-conditioned spaces where humidity levels may be low.



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