Pilea Peperomioides

spectacular indoor house plant for tropical decor

Pilea Peperomioides are bright green ornamental houseplants. Also known as the ‘Chinese money plant’, ‘pancake plant’, or UFO plant, this species is native to Southern China in the Yunnan province but has become a very popular houseplant in the United States in the last few years.

The Pancake plant features circular foliage that appears in the shape of large silver dollar coins. The coin shaped leaves shoot up on long slender stalks that are almost unseen amongst the bouquet of voluminous petals. It is primarily grown for its unique foliage but it does produce dainty white flowers in the spring. It is not common to see pilea flowering when grown indoors.

The Pilea grows vertically making it the perfect accent to a narrow space that receives a lot of bright indirect light. Potted pilea peperomiodes looked beautiful in any room of the house or on a back patio or porch. Add a touch of dark green decor to spruce up your interior decorating.

How to Care For Pilea Peperomioides

Pilea Plants require a common houseplant environment. If you already have a spot dedicated to your indoor plants, provide bright indirect light, water your Pilea on a consistent schedule, apply fertilizer annually, and repot as needed — your Pilea Peperomioides plant will thrive for many years to come!

Pilea Light Requirements

The Pilea Peperomioides species does best in bright light sources. The Pilea can tolerate a spot that receives full sun for a few hours a day. The more direct sun this tropical houseplant receives, the quicker its soil will dry out. Too much direct light will burn the leaves, so make sure to rotate the pot frequently and choose a spot with protection from the harsh afternoon sun.

Pilea Soil Requirements

Like most tropical house plants, the Pilea Peperomioide soil should be well-draining and have proper amendments to aid the root system in retaining moisture. Check out our Organic Potting Mix for a specialized formula that will give your Pilea all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Ensure that the bottom of the pot has drainage holes. We recommend a terracotta pot to help with drainage and avoid root rot.

Pilea Peperomioides Watering

When figuring out your pilea care schedule, allow the top 1-2 inches of the soil to dry out between waterings. Adjust your watering schedule during spring and summer to ensure proper moisture in the hottest months of the year. The same concept can be applied in the winter months. Typically watering is reduce during the winter season as indoor houseplants are not actively growing.

How to Prune Pilea Peperomioides

Pruning a pilea can be quite simple. It is encouraged to pinch or carefully snip off any dried or yellowing leaves. The best time to prune pilea is in early spring. You can keep any pups that the mother plant produces! The baby Pilea plants are easy to propagate and give away to friends. Just place them in a glass of water and watch roots grow.

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Botanical Name

Pilea peperomioides

Sunlight Partial Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height .5-1 ft
Mature Width .5-1 ft
Growing Zones 10, 11, All Zones
Special Features
  • Coin shaped green foliage
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Easy to propogate

Shipping Info

Once your Pilea Peperomioides order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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