The Chinese Money plant or Missionary plant is a much awaited addition to the UK houseplant selection. This remarkable plant is a member of the stinging nettle family, is easy to care for and cares for you in return by purifying the air.
The Chinese money plant can be identified by the flat, round leaves which are shiny, leathery, thick, dark green and flat like pancakes (hence the alternative name of pancake plant). This unusual plant grows to a height of approx. 40cm and as it gets older, the stems will start to twist.
A Swedish missionary brought in the Chinese money plant to Europe from China in 1946. The plant was growing on the CanShang Mountains in Yunnan province and that�s why it�s also known as the Chinese Missionary Plant.
PLANTING AND CARE
If you are using this plant in a terrarium of some kind make sure you keep it in check by pruning the taller leaves otherwise it will take over. If it gets to big you can remove it and repot in a pot all of its own as a standard houseplant and then come back here to buy something else for your terrarium!
Place it in a light spot, but not in bright or direct sunlight
Give it some water once a week to keep it satisfied. The soil should not be allowed to dry out, but nor should it be soaking wet
Treat your Pilea plant to liquid plant food every month