She’s easygoing when it comes to water. She’ll only need a drink when you can feel her soil is dry to the touch.
She loves a spot with lots of light. She’s not keen on harsh direct sunlight so place her slightly away from windows.
She’ll be over the moon if you feed her once per month in spring and summer. No need in winter.
Penny grows toward the light. It’s not essential, but you can keep her growing nice and evenly (rather than all on one side) by rotating her pot every few days.
Pilea peperomioides; Pancake plant; UFO plant; Pass it on plant
Plant height (including pot)
Nursery pot size
About Chinese money plants
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). 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.
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