Pilea peperomioides

Pilea peperomioides

Propagation

Plantlet cuttings – Little pups (plant babies) grow from the main stem and pop out of the soil around the mama plant. Wait until they are 2-3" tall, then use sterilized scissors to cut the stem away from the mother. Plant baby in soil or let root in water. It may take a month to establish fully.

Light

Water

Growth

Temperature

Humidity

Bright, indirect (filtered) light.

When the top two inches of soil are dry.

Slow to medium

60-75F

60% and above

About

Known as the Chinese money plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, friendship plant, and missionary plant, Pilea peperomioides foliage inspires the imagination. It features dark-green, glossy, round leaves that look like pancakes, money, or UFOs. The stems attach near the center of the leaf, an uncommon development among houseplants.

The stem is dark brown, upright, and unbranched. Leaves grow alternately up the stem to create a broad, outstretched appearance. Leaf stems are spindly thin, with one round leaf at the end of each one. Chinese money plants average 8-12 inches tall and wide.

Pancake plants were first collected in southern China in 1906, then propagated and passed between houseplant enthusiasts for decades. It wasn't commercially cultivated until the late 2010s; few people besides avid collectors knew about it.

Other Notes

Rotate regularly to keep grow even. Plants dropping their lower leaves and only growing foliage at the top aren't receiving enough light. You can leave plantlets around the main plant to create a fuller appearance.

Photos from Our Community!

Pilea peperomioides: Love her she is always shooting out babies

Love her she is always shooting out babies

Pilea peperomioides: Top part of the mother plant

Top part of the mother plant

Pilea peperomioides: Free with another purchase today

Free with another purchase today

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Pilea peperomioides: He was on clearance. Trying to save him

He was on clearance. Trying to save him

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Pilea peperomioides: babies available :)

babies available :)

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Pilea peperomioides: My mom claimed this one as her own, but she’s getting another one tomorrow

My mom claimed this one as her own, but she’s getting another one tomorrow

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Pilea peperomioides: After a couple months she’s shed her leggy leaves and is very cute and round now 🥰

After a couple months she’s shed her leggy leaves and is very cute and round now 🥰

Pilea peperomioides: I’ve always been mesmerized by these and I finally got one for my birthday!! :)

I’ve always been mesmerized by these and I finally got one for my birthday!! :)

Pilea peperomioides: One of MANY. This plant is colonizing the neighborhood. 😅

One of MANY. This plant is colonizing the neighborhood. 😅

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Pilea peperomioides: About 1.5-2 years old and is LOVING LIFE

About 1.5-2 years old and is LOVING LIFE

Pilea peperomioides: my first “propagation” from the very first houseplant i bought. the mother plant currently has 5 more babies coming in 😌

my first “propagation” from the very first houseplant i bought. the mother plant currently has 5 more babies coming in 😌

Pilea peperomioides: Definitely need to repot this one soon, but I love how the leaves go out in all directions

Definitely need to repot this one soon, but I love how the leaves go out in all directions

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Pilea peperomioides: Still a smol baby right now but I have high hopes for him!

Still a smol baby right now but I have high hopes for him!

Pilea peperomioides: Baby of lilibet

Baby of lilibet

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Pilea peperomioides: peep that new leaf 🙈

peep that new leaf 🙈

Pilea peperomioides: Remember when these were super rare? Lol.

Remember when these were super rare? Lol.

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Pilea peperomioides: Very happy in a south window in the shower

Very happy in a south window in the shower

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Pilea peperomioides: This photo was taken post cat attack. Petey Jr. is doing much better now and on the road to recovery.

This photo was taken post cat attack. Petey Jr. is doing much better now and on the road to recovery.

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Pilea peperomioides: Pileas are a much easier plant than people give credit for. This specimen started with 3, almost dead leaves in spring, it has more than quadrupled in size and has sprouted 4 new baby plants.

Pileas are a much easier plant than people give credit for. This specimen started with 3, almost dead leaves in spring, it has more than quadrupled in size and has sprouted 4 new baby plants.

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Pilea peperomioides: Dropped this bad boy on the floor a month ago, lost all his leaves but 2, bounced back and pushed out a pup!

Dropped this bad boy on the floor a month ago, lost all his leaves but 2, bounced back and pushed out a pup!

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