Chinese Money Plant

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  • Easy, Good Luck Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12-14 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Searching for a novel gift to put a smile on a friend’s face? Or hunting for a low maintenance, hardy plant to add to your home/office collection? Well, Chinese Money Plant, otherwise known as Pilea peperomioides, Friendship plant, Pancake Plant, and UFO Plant, may be just what you are looking for! This perennial succulent with its disc-shaped, emerald-green foliage dotted with ivory spots is rumored in certain Chinese circles to offer good luck to its recipients. While the jury is still out regarding the validity of these whispers, there is plenty of evidence to support that this perennial succulent is the perfect choice for any newbie gardener with little free time to spare.  Provided persistent temperatures and elevated humidity, this lovely herbaceous succulent will provide color and charm all-year long.

Best Locations For Growing Chinese Money Plant

Chinese Money Plant thrives in medium to bright indirect light, temperatures ranging between 65°F to 75°F, and humidity levels between 50% to 75%. Since Chinese Money Plant is nontoxic to people and pets, you can display this lovely evergreen perennial in any room and not worry about little hands or little paws.

Chinese Money Plant Sunlight Requirements

Chinese Money Plant prefers medium to bright indirect light. While this herbaceous succulent can also tolerate low light, its leaves may turn a deeper hue.  Any room with south-facing, west-facing or east-facing windows should provide ample light; however, make sure to move this lovely house plant out of any direct light to prevent sunburn.

Chinese Money Plant Care

Start your Chinese Money Plant in a 6-inch or 8-inch pot with fertile, acidic, well-draining soil. This fast-growing evergreen will normally need to be repotted only once every two to three years. If you want to increase your amount of good luck, you can propagate these emerald gems by using offsets. Give the new plant as a special token of friendship to a friend.

Watering Chinese Money Plant

This herbaceous succulent does not require frequent watering. Water when the top 2 inches of soil are dry and allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering sessions. Decrease the watering frequency in the winter. 

Feeding Chinese Money Plant

Feed your Chinese Money Plant a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once during the spring season and once during the summer. Dilute the formula to 50% of the manufacturer’s recommended strength.

Chinese Money Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 12-14 inches
Mature Spread: 12 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Blue, Green
Foliage Description: Blue-Green
Temperature: 50° - 55°F (10° - 13°C)
Humidity: Average to Above Average (40% - 80%
Common Name: Chinese Money Plant
Other Name(s): Chinese Money Plant, Friendship Plant, Pancake Plant
Scientific Name: Pilea peperomioides
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.