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She likes to be called "Pilea Baby" and boy is she hot right now!

She likes to be called

Looking for something a bit unusual and oh-so-stylish?

Good, because we have a new plant in stock. It’s called Pilea Peperomioides, but it’s known as the Chinese Money Plant or Pancake Plant, Pilea Baby to its friends.

It’s not the common Money Plant as confusing as that may be. The Money Plant is a succulent with thick leaves – the Chinese Money Plant is more refined with circular, flat leaves held up by delicate but tough stems.

They can get to a foot high and become bushier as they grow up, with cute little green pancake leaves appearing in the midst of the plant. Ours are delivered around 7-8cms tall in a small pot or a tube, so they have a properly established root system, but you still have plenty of time to get to know your plant as it grows into adulthood.

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In the Mood for Some History?

Pay attention at the back. This plant originates from the Yunnan province of China, but it’s been found in Britain and Scandinavia over the past century, and no-one really knows how it got there because there was no official record.

Botanists got on the case and eventually discovered Pilea Peperomioides was collected by a Norwegian missionary called Agnar Espegren who took cuttings of a Chinese Money Plant and gave them away to friends - then they gave away cuttings of this rare plant and it simply spread.  Just goes to show an attractive and resilient plant can achieve international fame without corporate backing.

Luckily you don’t have to wait for a friend to donate a cutting, because we have them in stock right now. Not many nurseries sell the Chinese Money Plant, but we have so much faith in its abilities we’ve decided to stock it. 

How To Look After Chinese Money Plants

Looking after a pancake plant is simple. It likes sunlight so a window sill is perfect, but not the kind of levels that require an SPF. The sunlight should be light, not scorching or the leaves will get damaged. That’s fair enough isn’t it? We all need to protect ourselves from overexposure to the sun.

It likes damp soil too, and in these conditions, it’ll grow quickly. If you’re feeling generous you can wipe the leaves down when you do the dusting. This makes them all slick and shiny and helps keep the plant keep healthy.

This Pilea is responsive to the sun, and you’ll find it stretches out its leaves to soak up all the light it can get. Rotating the saucer each week will keep it growing straight up, unless you like the leaning tower of Pilea look.

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Problems you ask? Well, it doesn’t like to sit in water, so give yours a drink each week, making sure the soil is damp when you press the top, but tip away any excess water that forms in the saucer.

And that’s about it. Chinese Money Plants are pest-free, good looking and require no pruning other than cutting out damaged or old stems. A more hassle-free and good-natured desk plant you’ll struggle to find. We just love them, and you will too.

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