Originating from China, then traveling throughout Europe, the Pilea Peperomioides is now a widespread popular indoor houseplant that adds unique character to every home. The Pilea Peperomiodes was originally discovered by a George Forrest in 1906 in Southern China. The plant was then rediscovered in 1945 by a Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espegren. He subsequently travelled widely in Norway and often gave basal shoots of the plant to friends. In this way the plant was effectively distributed around Norway where it is now widespread as a window sill plant, and where it is known as the 'Missionary Plant' & 'Chinese Money'.
The Pilea Peperomioides Plant likes to hang out in dry soil. You want to avoid letting the plant sit in soggy soil for extended periods of time. Allow the soil to dry in between waterings. If the leaves start looking droopy, it is time to water your plant. They will require more water in warmer weather.
Your Pilea will do best in bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves. This plant can adapt to lower light but the leaves will turn a darker green and the stems will stretch more.
SOIL AND FERTILIZER USAGE:
We recommend using organic potting soil when repotting your Pilea plant. All fertilizers used should be diluted to at least 1/2 strength to avoid harming the plant. You should only use fertilizers once per month during their growing season (spring and summer). It is not required to fertilize your plant, it may just grow at a slower rate.
The Pilea Plant can withstand a range of temperatures from 65-85 degrees. For ideal growth and plant happiness, we recommend keeping your plant in a room around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the most part, the 'Chinese Money' Plants are bug-free plant. The most common bug is the mealybug. If your plant obtains these bugs, we recommend lightly spraying them daily with mild, soapy water until all bugs are gone. For an in depth analysis on how to prevent and care for plants with bugs click here.
OLD OR DAMAGED LEAVES:
Naturally, old leaves will wilt and die as the plant grows. You can carefully remove these leaves making sure you do not damage the rest of the plant. If a healthy leaf is broken off, the plant will naturally grow back a new leaf to replace it.
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