Chinese Money Plant

(117 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Pilea Peperomioides

Common Names: Chinese Money Plant, Pancake Plant, Pilea

Overview: Pilea Peperomioides, aka Pilea, is a Chinese money plant or friendship plant, which is perfect for bringing nature into your surroundings. They are easy to care for, not to mention, very pleasing to the eye. This plant grows quickly and produces babies that you can share with others. 

Pilea is a fascinating houseplant that you can keep in your residential and commercial areas and is perfect for busy people who don’t have time for long caring sessions.

Arrives in 3 - 7 days.
Ships June 2nd - June 9th.

This product is not California Certified.

Was $33.00 Now $ 28.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Pot it for me

Have your plant delivered pre-potted when purchasing a medium-sized plant along with one of our premium planters.

  • For Medium Plants
  • Perfect for gift giving
  • Replaces our standard grower pot
  • Medium Plant and Premium Planter must be purchased at same time to qualify
  • Can not be used with large, XL or hanging pot specimens

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Bring Good Fortune To Life’s Journey

Pilea Peperomioides was discovered in the Southwest province of China, Yunnan Province. The journey of this plant from China to the living rooms of the western world is quite fascinating and mysterious. 

In the early 19th century, Scottish Botanic George Forest traveled to the Yunnan Province and became the first western explorer who visited the province. Later, in 1945, Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren rediscovered Pilea while living in the Hunnan Province with his family. According to old tales, Espegren took a live sample of this species and packed it in an appropriate box. He brought this to Calcutta with his family and lived there for a year.  

This family brought this Chinese money plant to Norway in 1946. The surprising part is that the plant was still alive at that time. 

Espegren traveled to different parts of Norway and gave Pilea sprouts to his friends. This way, this beautiful plant started to become popular in England, Sweden, and Norway. 

Caring for your Chinese Money Plant

Caring Pilea money plant is not challenging to care for if you already have grown other plants. You need to consider a few things to help them adorn your space. 


The ideal light for your Chinese money plant is bright light. However, you need to avoid direct sunlight. Keeping your plant under direct sun rays for a long time can burn its leaves. Just getting the light shade will encourage their growth. 

Well, they are hardy plants, which means they can survive the freezing weather. Cool temperature also helps them produce pretty white flowers on their pink stems.  


Pilea Peperomioides grow well in well-drained potting soil. Make sure that you are not using garden soil to plant this species. This will not offer you the results you are looking for. 

Also, don’t ever purchase cheap potting soil for your plants. It can damage your well-grown plants. So, look for high-quality organic potting soil based on coir fiber or peat moss and perlite. 


These plants can communicate with you. So, when you notice that the leaves are beginning to droop, this is the sign that it requires water. 

You always need to check whether your plant requires water or not before soaking it in water. You can check the moisture level in the soil. If it’s moist, it’s better to avoid watering your money planet. 

Let 2” to 3” of the money plant’s soil dry before watering it. Generally, deeply watering Plea Peperomioides’ soil is enough. But it depends on the quality and amount of sunlight it receives. 


Fertilizing once a month will help this plant thrive. Opt for the organic houseplant fertilizer, and follow the usage instructions mentioned on the product. 

Common Issues

Although the pilea money plant thrives easily, you need to watch a few problems to ensure their growth. 


One of the most common and challenging problems with the Chinese money plant is pest attacks. Fungus gnats, spider mites, and mealybugs can attack your lovely plant. 

To protect your plants, it’s important to prevent the problem from the beginning. Make an herbal spray from the spray and neem plant, and spray it on your plant. 


 If you notice drooping, curling, spots, and changing color on your leaves, your plant might be suffering from nutrient deficiency, overwatering, or insect infestation. To solve the problem, you need to water and fertilize it accurately and remove pests. 


You don’t need to prune the plant to help it thrive. But pruning can help you grow your plant in a specific shape or get rid of unhealthy leaves. Hence, you can prune them only to make them look healthy and pretty. 


The best way to propagate the Pilea money plant is by opting for plantlets that you achieve from the mother plants’ roots. A healthy plant grown in a bigger pot commonly produces these babies. When they pop up from the soil and have their own leaves, they are ready to use. 

Potting / Repotting

You don’t need to report this plant for a year if you purchase it. This plant can survive if you don’t report it for two years. To help them grow steadily, you can report one time a year.  

Additional information


4a, 8b

Sun Exposure

Medium Shade

Mature Height

6 in – 18 in


15 in – 18 in

117 reviews for Chinese Money Plant

  1. rebecca a k. (verified owner)

    I just now received my plant. I must say it looked kind of beat up, and many of the leaves were yellow. But, I’m going to baby it alot for a couple of days.

  2. laurie rosenbaum (verified owner)

    So far it’s great

  3. Barbara L. (verified owner)

    As always, nice, healthy plant with very minimal damage. Very happy

  4. William Sena (verified owner)

  5. Nicholas F. (verified owner)

    It’s been about three weeks now since my plant arrived. Since then I’ve lost about four leaves but all in all it is doing well, lots of babies coming up. I’m about to repot it and will probably take some of the new leaves and start new plants with them.

  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Looks healthy overall, but some leaves are damaged and yellow.

  7. Kelly (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant! It arrived quickly and was well packaged. The communication on the order was great and the pot is very nice as well. I’m so pleased and will order from here again!

  8. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    Very excited about this plant! Hoping the Greg plant app will help me keep it alive!

  9. Brittany (verified owner)

    My plant arrived exactly as pictured and well packaged. She only lost one leaf. I order all of my plants from here!

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  12. Linda (verified owner)

    My plant arrived very well packed and protected. I only lost one small leaf. So far, one week later, it seems to be handling the stress of the shipping and the new environment very well and looks healthy. I would order from PlantVine again.

  13. Charles (verified owner)

    Great plant with quick delivery and awesome packaging.

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  16. Hayley J (verified owner)

    Super cute came well packaged

  17. Sandra Verrett (verified owner)

    My plant arrived today it looked absolutely healthy and it was like I bought it out of store will buy more

  18. Scott Crabtree (verified owner)

    We are getting many leaves in the middle that are turning yellow. Being careful about watering.

  19. Maria V. (verified owner)

    Got these babies last Thursday and so far, so good. They’re holding up in spite of the 3 day travel time. There’s plenty of new growth (baby leaves). I must say the packing is excellent!!! Hoping they’ll love it here.

  20. Lori A. (verified owner)

    My very healthy plant arrived earlier than promised! So glad i ordered from PlantVine.

  21. Ronnita G. (verified owner)

    Very beautiful

  22. Heidi D. (verified owner)

    This is gorgeous. I love love love it! It’s so cute. I did however, expect the medium to be a bit bigger, but I am still in love.

  23. Carrie S. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in great condition and does not appear to be in shock from the trip!

  24. Connor P. (verified owner)

    Came just as the picture showed. And they sent me a picture of the actual plant before it shipped!!!!

  25. Allyson Chase (verified owner)

    Our plant arrived in pristine condition! It’s a gift for my best friend, and I couldn’t be happier.

  26. lee wever (verified owner)

    Arrived with yellow leaves

  27. Kristen (verified owner)

    Love it! Very impressed!

  28. Rashema W. (verified owner)

    I love my plant, its still getting acclimated to my home. I would order again.

  29. Sharon (verified owner)

    The plant is beautiful, lush, and healthy; I love it.

  30. Takema O. (verified owner)

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Why others chose the Chinese Money Plant

Beautiful plant that can promote prosperity

Round leaves look nice

Air purifier

Air purifier

Who doesn't want a beautiful plant that can help maintain finances as well.

Pet friendly, low care, unique leaves

Always wanted one..

I've seen these pictures of the Pilea plant and fell in love with them! The plant called out to me. Buy me! Buy me! :) Can't wait to receive it.


I love the shape of the leaves.

Shape of the leaves and color

Saw it while browsing and thought it looked neat

I really love the circular leaves

Heard it’s good fortune to have them in the house

Always wanted one.

Love the shape

Watching YouTube videos And i need this in my life

Interesting leaf shape

Looks like good price for size & quality.

Addition to my collection of good luck Plants. Beautiful plant.

This plant is adorable and unique. I love that it makes a lot of babies to propagate and share!

Building a greenhouse at my own home this was a plant on my bucket list

My pilea at home needs a friend!

Love it

Love it

Wanted one and did not want to leave my home during the coronavirus to go out looking for one. This is a much safer way to shop.

I have one in my office at work, but I need one for home too 😁

The plant looks very sleek!

it looked so full and a great price

One for me and one for a mother's day gift

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