Chinese Money Plant: An Instagram Favorite for Houseplants

Did you know that houseplants weren’t always a common household item?

As Rebecca Bullene of Greenery NYC told How Stuff Works, “In the Victorian era, ferns, palms and other ‘exotics' were a big deal for the wealthy class,” says Bullene. “If you had plants it meant you were a person of means, so it was something to aspire to.”

How interesting! Lucky for us, the modern houseplant era boomed in the 1970s and stuck around! Not only are houseplants beautiful, they are good for our health too.  Read our blog, Breathe Easy: How to Purify the Air with 8 Indoor Plants,” to learn more.

A favorite houseplant is the Chinese Money Plant, or pilea peperomiodies.

If you follow even a couple of plant pages on Instagram (you can follow us here), you’ve likely seen the Chinese Money houseplant!


Chinese Money HouseplantThe Origins of the Chinese Money Plant

According to Wikipedia, Pilea peperomioides is native to Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southern China. Norwegian missionary Agnar Espegren found it in Yunnan Province in 1945, when he was fleeing from Hunan Province. He took cuttings with him back to Norway in 1946, passing through India along the way. From there, it spread throughout Scandinavia. This easy-to-grow and care for plant is also known as a lucky plant or "lucky thaler" and as a friendship plant.


Caring for Your Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money HouseplantAs Green Obsessions describes, “Pilea peperomioides is an evergreen perennial succulent and can grow to almost 12 inches tall and wide in about 5-10 years. It is erect with green shield – shaped leaves that can be as big as 4 inches in diameter.”

This plant enjoys bright, but indirect sunlight. It is also recommended you don’t give it too much water (they hate constantly wet soil). Make sure you use soil and a container that drains well, and water only when the soil is dry.

The main plant will often grow new plants on its stem or soil. As Green Obsessions notes, “You can separate baby from mother plant when they are big enough (about 3 inches) by cutting the connection between mother and baby with a sharp knife. The baby plant will already have roots so plop it into another pot and voilà!”

To download a care sheet about the Chinese Money houseplant, click here.

You can get your own fun and bright Chinese Money houseplant at your local SummerWinds Nursery.


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