The Pilea Plant (Pilea peperomioides) is a current popular house plant that is easy to grow and propagate. Perfect for sharing with your friends.
I have been a houseplant lover for my entire life. However, it has been during the last few years, when my daughter started really getting into gardening, that I have started collecting a few new plants. One of these that she said is very trendy is the Pilea plant or Pilea peperomioides.
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This cheery plant has several common names such as Chinese Money Plant, UFO plant, even Pancake plant. But, the one I like is the Friendship or Pass it On plant because it produces offshoots from the base that you can easily repot and share. Above is a photo of the plant I bought and there were three offshoots. I kept the mother plant and the smallest babies and gave the other two to my daughter.
Since the baby was so tiny I watered it well and placed it in a closed plastic bag for a few months. As you can see it's grown quite a bit and is ready to move out of the bag.
Here's a look of the plant sending up new growth in the center.
Pilea Plant FAQs
- Low maintenance - like most houseplants likes bright indirect sun
- Water when it's dry. For me, about once a week, sometimes less. Pilea does not like wet feet so make sure it has good drainage.
- Since the leaves tend to reach for the light you may need to turn the pot occasionally. I usually do this when I water.
- Bonus Points - This little guy is non-toxic to people and animals.
It's super cute and I can't wait until it starts producing more babies for me to share with my friends.