Chinese Money Plant

Pilea Peperomioides

a.k.a Missionary Plant/Lefse Plant/Pancake Plant/UFO Plant/Pilea

Chinese Money Plant Quick Overview

Full Size8-12 inches
LightBright indirect
Care LevelEasy


When kept indoors with proper care you can expect your Chinese Money Plant to reach 8 to 12 inches in length.

Light Requirements

Chinese Money Plants prefer to be positioned in bright indirect light for best growth and require this to thrive. A sign your Chinese Money Plant is not getting enough light is if the plant is looking droopy. This can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.


Chinese Money Plants will perform best when in an area which maintains a temperature of 55-86˚F (13-30˚C) but no lower than 50˚F (10˚C). Being kept outside of this temperate range for prolonged periods of time can lead to poor plant health.


Maintaining an average humidity will assist in keeping your Chinese Money Plant happy and healthy. If you notice your plants leaves looking crisp or burning, you should try and raise the humidity levels. If your plant is housed in a spot with a humidity level consistently outside of this range, see our tips on how to increase or decrease humidity levels.

Watering Requirements

You can expect your Chinese Money Plant to require water when the soil is mostly dry. When watering your Chinese Money Plant, be sure to water thoroughly allowing the water to drain completely. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty, a tell tale sign that your Chinese Money Plant needs water is when the leaves are starting to look slightly droopy.

Fertilizing requirements

As a rule of thumb your Chinese Money Plant should be fertilized monthly during spring and summer. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth.

Soil Requirements

Chinese Money Plants require a well draining soil.

Diseases & Pests

The most common diseases and pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Chinese Money Plant are spider mites, mealy bugs and fungus gnats. See our page for a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests.


Chinese Money Plants are considered to be non-toxic.

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