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Pilea Peperomoides

The Chinese money plant, also known as the missionary plant, lefse plant, pancake plant, UFO plant, or just pilea (short for its scientific name of Pilea peperomioides) is originally from the southwestern Yunnan province of China. 

Popular lore maintains that a Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espegren, took cuttings home with him in the 1940s, and shared them with friends and family. Those plants were spread throughout Scandinavia, and eventually the world, as people passed cutting between friends.


Light: Does best in bright filtered light. Direct sun will scorch the leaves.  Rotate the plant so it grows evenly. 

Water: Allow the soil to almost dry out before watering.  If it starts to droop, that is a sign it needs to be watered.  Do not overwater!  Make sure the pot it is in has drainage holes. 

Fertilizer : Feed monthly with a basic household plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength during spring and summer 

Temperature: Does well in normal household temperatures of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.  Make sure to keep away from heaters and radiators in the winter, or it will drop its leaves. 

Humidity: Normal household humidity is fine for a Pilea Peperomioides. 

Pests: Treat with an insecticidal soap if it gets infested with aphids or other insects. 

Soil: Use a rich organic indoor potting soil that has good drainage.