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Botanical Name: Pilea

 

Common Name: Chinese money plant, pancake plant, friendship plant

 

Mature Size: Typically reach heights of a few feet. 

 

Sun Exposure: Bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. May even thrive in indirect light shade areas.

 

Soil Type: Plant in mix that drains well, such as a cactus and succulent based potting soil mix. 

 

Water: Keep moist but allow to dry between waterings. Typically, this will lead to watering about once a week in the growing months.

 

Temperature: Prefers being inside and inside temperatures- avoid extreme temperature swings. 

 

Potting/Repotting: Extremely fast-growing so repot annually as they outgrow their pots but keep in a relatively small pot as pileas prefer to be slightly root bound. 

 

Fertilizer: Does not need a lot of feeding, but you can utilize slow-releasing pellets or a diluted liquid fertilizer in spring/summer months.

 

Propagation: Very easy to propagate as it’s known as the pass-along plant! Gently clip pups from the mother plant and place in water. Repot once a root system develops. 

 

Toxicity: Non-toxic!

 

Fact: Pileas are one of the most shareable plants in the plant community right now! It’s always fun to follow the lineage of the original pilea and see how many friends/family you can share with.