Urban Plant Profile: Chinese Money Plant

Love her or hate her, you can’t help but pay at least a little attention to Cardi B. She’s flashy, outspoken, and her catch phrases, er, sounds? are unique beyond words (because they’re sounds remember). But Cardi B isn’t the only one who’s hard to ignore these days. Before Cardi B, there was, and still is,  the Pilea peperomioides (are we the only ones who want pepperoni after reading that name)? And the good news is your Pilea won’t be getting into any fights any time soon. The Pilea peperomioides, also known as the Chinese Money Plant, is having a major Cardi B moment right now. It’s anywhere and everywhere, and its Instagram game be cray. While CMPs used to be tough to find, their appeal has grown so much they can now be found much more easily, like at Trader Joe’s where we found ours. By the way, if you’re going to TJ’s can you pick up a few things for us? We’re out of peanut butter cups. Three bags works. Thanks.

Preparing Your Pilea for Stardom

  • Pileas look great in indirect bright light and they like it like that. To make sure your plant doesn’t slant towards the sun, rotate it 2-3 times a week.
  • Water your Pilea once a week, and make sure the water drains through by using a container with a hole in the bottom or by creating a drainage layer in the soil. Cardi B would never sit in wet soil (we don’t think?), so don’t let your Pilea either.

Pilea Propagation

  • Cardi B has officially been a mother for a minute now, and your Pilea can be too. Propagate your plant by removing a bit of baby Pilea from the main plant mama with a clean, sharp knife.
  • Place the baby Pilea in water to root, or directly into a new small pot of soil, and then watch your Cardi B’s double!

If you haven’t noticed Pileas around yet, we promise you will start noticing them all over. They’re 2018’s hot plant, so don’t be seen without one.

 

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