November Tropical Plant of the Month
Pilea Peperonioides, a.k.a. Chinese Money Plant, or Coin Plant, are a fast-growing plant perfect for beginners.
Light Level: Pilea loves bright, indirect sun to keep the bright green color. They grow so quickly that it is important to rotate the pot about 2-3 times a week to prevent it from growing lopsided.
Water Needs: Allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. Feel for the top 25% of soil to be dry. They do not like to sit in wet soil and are more likely to be killed overwatering than underwatering. Once the leaves start to droop, it’s time to water.
Repotting: We typically recommend repotting Pilea every 12 months once it gets crowded in it’s pot. You will want the new pot to be about 2” larger in diameter than the previous pot. Spring or summer is the best time to repot most houseplants. Trimming some of the roots can help stimulate growth.
Propagating: Pilea is known for being one of the easiest plants to propagate. Simply take a leaf cutting and set the stem in water until a good amount of roots appear. Transfer to a small pot and take care of it like usual.