Additional Plant Care
Chinese money plants, also known as Pilea peperomioides, can be propagated by dividing the plant or stem cuttings. For division, carefully remove the plant from its pot and separate the root ball into smaller sections, each with its own stem and roots. Repot each section into its own pot with fresh soil and water thoroughly. For stem cuttings, select a healthy stem with several leaves and cut it just below a node. Place the cutting in moist soil or water until roots develop. Once the cutting has established roots, repot it into its own pot with fresh soil and water thoroughly. Keep the new plants in bright, indirect light and water moderately.
The Chinese money plant is not known to be toxic to humans or animals. It is safe to keep around pets and children, making it a popular houseplant choice for families. However, it's always important to keep in mind that even non-toxic plants can cause allergic reactions or digestive problems in some individuals. Trust us, they do not make good garnishes. Additionally, if the plant is ingested in large amounts, it could still cause stomach upset or other health issues, so it's best to not consume them at all.
Chinese money plants are easy to repot and care for. The best time to repot them is in the spring or summer when they are actively growing. When repotting, select a pot that is one size larger than the current pot to allow for growth. Fill the bottom of the new pot with fresh potting soil, and gently remove the plant from its old pot, being careful not to damage the roots. Carefully loosen the roots and remove any dead or damaged roots. Place the plant in the new pot and add fresh potting soil around the plant, making sure to cover the roots completely. Gently tamp down the soil and water thoroughly. After repotting, keep the plant in a bright, indirect light and avoid direct sunlight for a few days to avoid shock.
Chinese money plants require occasional pruning to maintain their shape and promote healthy growth. Pruning can be done at any time of the year, but it is recommended to avoid pruning during the winter months when the plant is dormant. To prune, first, inspect the plant for any dead, damaged, or yellowing leaves, and remove them by cutting them off at their base using clean, sharp pruning shears. Next, look for any leggy stems or shoots that are longer than the rest of the plant and cut them back to encourage fuller growth. Chinese money plants can also produce offsets or baby plants at their base. These can be gently removed with a sharp, clean knife or scissors and replanted in their own pot. Regular pruning will help keep the plant healthy and prevent it from becoming too leggy.
The Chinese money plant is a low-maintenance plant that can thrive in many growing conditions. To fertilize a Chinese money plant, it is recommended to use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every two to four weeks. Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength and water the plant as usual. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant season (fall and winter) as the plant's growth slows down during this time, therefore it may not be able to use the fertilizer you are providing. Over-fertilization can lead to leaf burn or stunted growth, so it's important to follow the dosage outlined on the fertilizer you are using.
Chinese money plant prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A good soil mix for this plant can be made by combining equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss. The perlite in the soil mix helps to improve drainage, while the peat moss provides the necessary organic matter to retain moisture and nutrients. It's important to ensure that the soil doesn't become too wet or soaked as this can cause root rot. The Chinese money plant thrives in slightly moist soil, so make sure to water it only when the top inch of soil is dry.