Native to the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southern China, the Chinese money plant was first brought to the UK in 1906 by Scottish botanist George Forrest (yes, we know the exact man who found it). It became a popular houseplant later in the 20th century because it is simple to grow and really easy to propagate, meaning friends could pass cuttings around amongst themselves. That earned it the nickname ‘pass it on plant’.
Those round, flat leaves, which can grow as big as 15cm across, have earned it other nicknames, from UFO plant to pancake plant. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s an excellent house guest. A bright place to live and water when it’s dry are all it asks (by the way, don't worry when it loses its lower leaves as it grows - it's totally normal). It will also thank you for a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser in spring and summer (dilute the feed to half strength as it doesn't like its drinks strong).
This one’s a winner. Pass it on.
Did you know?
Although it’s now very common as a houseplant, Chinese money plants have almost completely disappeared from their natural habitat.
The set also includes:
Dipped pot - Warm colours and contrasting textures make these hand-finished pots real eye-catchers.
Balancing Act candle - With a scent of bergamot and eucalyptus essential oils, this hand-poured soy wax candle by London-based Balancing Act will create an instant feeling of calm. Vegan and cruelty free.