Plant care tips by Leaf Envy Chinese Money light, watering, humidity, fertiliser requirements

Chinese Money Plant

(Pilea Peperomioides, Pancake Plant)


Pileas thrive in bright indirect light to dappled sun. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can discolour and damage their leaves.


Your pilea enjoys weekly watering sessions, but ensure you allow its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. During the winter months feel free to only water fortnightly.


Pileas do not have any particular humidity requirements - but can suffer in very dry environments. Misting daily can help remedy this, as well as clustering your plants.


Your pilea does not have any particular temperature requirements, but will suffer if subjected to temperatures below 10ºC.


Pileas do not require plant food, but a general houseplant fertiliser ever 2-3 months during the growing season will encourage growth (spring to summer).


Pileas are non-toxic and suitable for spaces with small children and pets.

Additional Care Information

Pileas can develop white spots on their leaves as a result of salts and chemicals found in tap water. Using filtered water or tap water that has been left to sit overnight can help keep their leaves clear.


• Leaves crisping: suggests your Pilea has suffered from dry air - try to increase humidity around it by misting it frequently or clustering your plants.

• Leaves drooping: indicates your plant has been underwatered - a thorough watering should reinvigorate it.

• Scorched leaves: your Pilea has been exposed to too much direct sunlight - avoid prolonged exposure to full sun.

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