Real World Gardener Cool Pilea pep is Plant of the Week

June 27th, 2019

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Pilea peperomioides: Pilea pep

This plant has a really interesting backstory.

  • It’s common name is Chinese Money plant or Friendship plant, but I think there’s a few plants around with those same common names.

So as I always say, you need to know the scientific name to avoid confusion if that’s the case.

Let’s find out.

I'm talking with Jeremy Critchley, www.thegreengallery.com.au

Pilea peperomioides or Pilea pip,as it’s called in Jeremy’s nursery, was discovered and grown years before scientists ever got a hold of it.

It never occurred to anyone, that it was a new species until a member of the public want to know it’s real name.

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Easily grown indoors or on a warm verandah because it doesn’t like to be below 15 degrees C much

  • Hot Tip: healthy Pilea peperomioides plants produce baby plants both from their roots and their stems.
  • Keep it away from direct sunlight. 
  • Likes to be kept moist but not overly wet.
  • Although it can be kept outside in warmer regions, Pilea peperomioides is only suitable as a houseplant in most locations. It doesn’t appreciate temperatures below 10 °C and should be protected from sudden temperature swings.
  • Pilea peperomioides will produce little plantlets growing in the soil next to the mother plant a. Once these have grown to a size of around 5-7 cm they are large enough to separate.
  • Cut away the plantlet with a sharp, clean knife. They should already have their own root system and can simply be potted up.
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