Pilea Peperomioides is a beautiful plant with unique foliage from the family Urticaceae. It has many other names such as the Chinese money plant, missionary plant, pancake plant, mirror grass, UFO plant, or the Blender plant, all in reference to its single-growing, round leaves that hang on long petioles. However, this unique feature is not all that this plant is well-known for. Pilea Peperomioides propagation is very simple, and houseplant enthusiasts love it. The fact that it is so beautiful and can quickly grow it indoors is a complete package.
Pilea Peperomioides Propagation Requirements
Pilea Peperomioides love light. However, it should never hit the plant directly. Instead of putting it outdoors, shadelessly exposed to the sun, put it in a well-lit corner with lots of diffused sunlight. This corner could be behind sheer curtains or in a bright room where natural light enters in abundance.
Use a well-draining and fertile soil mix for Chinese money plant propagation. Choose one that has excellent potential for growth. Make sure it has good nutrition content and the capacity to hold the right amount of water while letting go of the excess. You may add sand or perlite to the mix.
While propagating Pilea Peperomioides, ensure that you water it to keep the soil moist and hydrated. This is how you should know when to water the plant again. Check the soil texture and only water again when you feel like the top layer is starting to dry out.
Make sure that the temperature at night is optimum for Pilea Peperomioide’s propagation. It should go any lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, or the plant will start to look unwell in a few days.
Pilea plants love moisture around their leaves during both day and night. They have a humidity tolerance of 60 to 90% during the day and 70 to 90% during the night. Hence, when the plant is growing, make sure that you give lots of humidity and moisture.
Time of the Year
Avoid propagating this plant during the winter season. The best time to do this is when you re-pot the plant in summer or spring seasons. Because this time of the year is the peak growing season, Pilea Peperomioides plants tend to develop well and grow to their maximum potential.
How Do You Propagate Pilea Peperomioides?
Fortunately, there are several different ways of propagating Pilea Peperomioides. This variation allows you to choose a method according to your personal preferences and the environment you have available. You can propagate Pilea Peperomioides in water or via leaf cuttings and grow Pilea babies that grow around the mature plants.
Growing Pilea Peperomioides Babies
Whenever a Pilea Peperomioides plant grows to its mature size, it starts growing small Pilea Peperomioides babies around it, either in the soil or on the main stem. You can grow these babies separately to develop into further mature Pilea Peperomioides plants. However, you cannot remove these plants from the mother, Pilea, too soon. It would be best if you waited for them to grow as tall as two to three inches before you could separate them.
- To do this, dig into the soil and feel the baby plant’s roots.
- Go one inch deeper after you feel the roots ending.
- Now, use a sharp, clean knife and cut off the baby plant from the mature Pilea.
- Soon, you can pot this baby plant separately as it already has well-developed roots.
- Treat it and care for it as a mature plant; water and fertilize it accordingly.
Propagate Pilea Peperomioides in Water
Another way of Chinese money plant propagation, or making sure that the roots are well-developed before putting the baby plant into a separate pot, is to propagate it in water.
- This procedure involves removing the baby plant, or a stem cutting from the mature plant, and putting it in a jar filled with water.
- Make sure that the plant or cutting leaves aren’t inside the water. Only the roots should be submerged.
- Now, place this jar under good, indirect, natural light and warm temperatures. Make sure that you keep it far away from any direct exposure to the sun to avoid algae growth.
- Once you see good root-development, shift the plant from this jar to a container filled with soil. Now, you can care for it and treat it just like a mature Pilea Peperomioides.
However, you must remember to change the water in the jar every couple of days. Also, you can use any jar or container for this purpose. Using a glass jar will allow you to visualize the development of the roots daily in apparent sight.
This way, it is very easy to point out whether or not the plant progresses in terms of growth. If it is improving, that is great. If not, try changing the environment or your care routines for the plant.
Propagating Pilea Peperomioides From Leaf-cutting
Even though there is no significant evidence of success when propagating Pilea Peperomioides from leaf cuttings, you can reproduce this plant using the root and stem cuttings.
- Cut a few inches from the plant’s roots or stems by using a clean, sharp pair of scissors.
- If you choose the stem cutting method, you might have to let the plant root in water for a while before you put it in soil. When you see new growth coming out of this cutting, it means that all is going well, and you can finally shift the plant to soil.
- If not, and you are using the root offset method, they already have a pretty secure and robust root system, so you don’t have to carry out the water’s rooting procedure.
- Put these cuttings in well-lit spots of the house with lots of water and warm temperature ranges.
While Pilea Peperomioides propagation might sound intimidating due to its unique features, it is anything but complicated. If you have the necessary knowledge that it takes to grow this plant under optimum conditions, you will not face any issues or problems during the process.