What is the plant
The Chinese money plant is a beautiful, unique, and easy to grow houseplant.
Slow to propagate and only recently gaining worldwide popularity, the biggest obstacle to growing this plant is managing to find one.
What is a Chinese money plant?
Also known as lefse plant, missionary plant, and UFO plant, Pilea peperomioides is frequently just called “pilea” for short.
It is native to the Yunnan Province of China.
As legend has it, in 1946 the Norwegian missionary Agnar Espergren brought the plant back home from China and shared cuttings among his friends.
To this day, the Chinese money plant is easiest to find in Scandinavia, where it is very popular.
If you live elsewhere in the world, you might have some trouble finding a plant.
Pilea is slow to propagate, and most nurseries don’t find them profitable enough to carry.
Your best bet is to find someone willing to share their cuttings in person. If that fails, you should be able to order cuttings directly from sellers online.
Chinese money plants are relatively small and very well suited to container life.
They grow to a height of 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm.).
They have a very distinctive appearance – green vegetative shoots grow up and out from the crown, each ending in a single saucer shaped leaf that can reach 4 inches (10 cm.) in diameter.
If the plant grows healthily and densely, its leaves form an attractive mounding appearance.
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