Hi, my name is Byron Martin, here at
Logee’s Greenhouses. And today, we’re going to be talking about one of our
older, yet more unusual houseplants, ‘Pilea peperomiodes.’ It is actually a very
good house plant. In terms of- you can see the shiny leaves on it– it takes quite a
bit of dryness and stress, and also can grow under lower light conditions; but
also can take higher light conditions. The common name for it is “Chinese Money
Plant.” You can see the leaves have what they call a “peltate” form to them,
meaning that the leaf petiole actually attaches into the center of the leaf,
giving that round structure to it. In terms of its culture, we bring it to
dryness between waterings, which is very standard for any houseplant that you’re growing. As I mentioned, it can take
higher light or lower light. The long petioles are actually the result of
lower light; it will shorten down on you if you give it higher light. It really
doesn’t have any insect problems, to say, and the root system is quite vigorous. So,
we haven’t seen any problems with disease in the roots over the years. It
does actually produce ‘stolons’ meaning that it will run along the ground, and
shoot up. So, older plants, like this older mother plant we have here, is sprouting
from the base constantly, which makes it, actually, a very large, full plant. In terms
of fertilizer, if you’re growing it under lower light, back off on the feed. Make sure
that if you’re growing it under higher light, you can increase it. Feed from spring
through fall- small amounts of a balanced fertilizer, throughout the season. You can
overdo it, particularly, as I mentioned, if it’s growing in low light. And, as far as soils
go, we grow it in any standard potting mix. This plant, here, is showing a little bit
of iron chlorosis in its leaves, and that’s probably because it’s too high in
alkali in the soil. There’s a little bit too much lime in there. So,
basically err on the acidic side, when you’re pot– when you’re making up your
potting mix. Thank you for watching today. There’s a little bit of information on
how to grow ‘Pilea peperomiodies’ or the Chinese Money Plant. If you’d like more
information, you can visit us at Logees.com