Chinese Money Plant Propagation: 3 Proven Methods

By: Matt Slaymaker
February 19, 2024
Chinese Money Plant Propagation
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The Chinese money plant, or Pilea peperomioides, is a popular and easy-to-care-for houseplant, hailing from the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in Southern China. Known for its unique coin-shaped leaves and symbolic association with prosperity, it makes sense to propagate this elegant plant and share it with family and friends.

But how to propagate a Chinese money plant indoors? 

In this article, we'll master the art of propagating a Chinese money plant in three proven and easy ways - from offshoots (pups), from main stem cuttings, and leaf cuttings.  

So, let’s get started without further ado. 

About Pilea Peperomioides 

About Pilea Peperomioides

Pilea peperomioides is known under various names, such as friendship plant, pass-along plant, and pancake plant, among others. 

A popular houseplant among indoor gardeners, this evergreen perennial plant can easily be distinguished by its shiny, dark green, and UFO-shaped leaves that can expand up to 10 cm in diameter. This air-purifying plant has the ability to grow as tall as 30 cm in the wild. 

Propagating a Chinese money plant is a good way to manage its size to promote healthy growth, as well as to expand your indoor greenery.

Can You Propagate a Chinese Money Plant?

Yes, you can propagate a Chinese money plant successfully, without much effort. To do so, you can use the following three methods: 

  • From offshoots (pups)
  • Using a cutting from the main stem
  • From leaf cutting

Which technique you’ll apply will depend on the size of the plant and whether it has developed strong young pups showing through in the pot.

When to Propagate a Chinese Money Plant? 

The best time for Pilea peperomioides propagation is in its active growing period, in the spring and early summer. Consider it a golden window for your Chinese money plant’s maximum growth.

But you can also propagate your houseplant at other times of the year, as long as you provide the new baby plants with the right lighting conditions, temperature and humidity. 

Tools and Supplies for Successful Chinese Money Propagation

Gather the following tools and supplies for a successful Chinese money plant propagation: 

Tools & supplies:

  • Sharp, non-serrated knife or scissors
  • Gardening gloves
  • Well-draining potting soil mix
  • Pots/containers with multiple drainage holes
  • Tap water
  • Rooting hormone
  • Clear storage bag

Important: Ensure that you use a sterilized knife by cleaning it with either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol before cutting to prevent the potential spread of disease-causing pathogens.   

How to Propagate a Chinese Money Plant: 3 Ways

Propagating a Chinese Money Plant

Let’s dive deeper into the three techniques mentioned above and learn how to propagate a Chinese money plant, starting off with the offshoots (pups) method. 

Propagating a Chinese Money Plant From Offshoots (Pups)

Propagating a Chinese money plant from its offshoots (pups) is probably the most straightforward method out there, as discussed below: 

  • At the base of the mother Chinese money plant, locate a healthy offshoot and gently dig around it with your fingers to find the connective rhizome. Make sure you’ve put on your gardening gloves. 
  • Using the knife, cut this connective rhizome as close to the mother plant as possible. 
  • Layer a container with fresh potting soil mix, and plant the offshoot into it. You don't have to dip the offshoot in the rooting hormone, as it's already got a head start with a bit of root system while hanging out with its mother rhizome. 
  • Repeat the above steps for the remaining pups, provided their leaves are about the size of a dime. 
  • Hydrate your newly repotted plants once the top 1 to 2-inch of soil is dry, and place them near an east- or west-facing window for maximum bright, yet indirect light. 

Note: This technique is often referred to as 'division propagation' since you cut each baby plant from the mother plant and root it independently in a fresh batch of soil.

How to Propagate Chinese Money From the Leaf? 

The second reliable method for propagating a Chinese money plant is through a leaf cutting. But here’s a catch. The end of the leaf must be attached to a portion of the main stem of the mother plant; otherwise, it’ll rot. 

See below the detailed steps of growing baby money plants from leaf: 

  • Cut a leaf from the mother plant at the base of its stalk using a clean, sterilized knife, taking along a small portion of its main stem as well. 
  • Fill a small container with clean tap water and place the leaf cutting in it. 
  • Place the container in a well-lit location, receiving bright, indirect sunlight. Roots should start growing within 1 to 2 weeks. 
  • Once the roots have grown at least an inch long, it's the perfect time to transfer the new plant to a pot with soil. Be gentle when you plant the rooted cutting.
  • Give your plant some water and again, place it in a location with bright, indirect light. 

Chinese Money Plant Propagation From the Main Stem

The main stem technique is the fastest route to Chinese money plant propagation and works best for plants with a tall stem and heavy top. 

If your plant looks exactly like this, follow these steps to propagate it: 

  • Cut off a 2 to 3-inch piece of the mother plant’s main stem.  
  • Dip the end the stem into a vase with lukewarm water. 
  • Wait for a few weeks for the stem to develop new roots, then plant it in a pot, filled with soil. 

This propagation technique is ideal if you want control the size of the mother plant, which will grow new foliage and have a more bushy appearance.

Chinese Money Plant Propagation: Aftercare Tips 

Chinese Money Plant Propagation Aftercare

The offshoots or small baby plants demand twice the care of their parent plant to thrive. Ensure you’re on the right caregiving track with these aftercare tips: 

  • Choose the right pot with drainage holes for your young Chinese money plant. Improve soil drainage further with sand or gravel, as you don’t want the roots to rot.
  • A soil mix that contains equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil is highly recommended. 
  • Adding fertilizer to your young Chinese money plant can stimulate healthy growth, but do so sparingly and cautiously. 
  • Chinese money plants love bright, indirect sunlight. But don’t overexpose your baby plants, as excessive light can damage their delicate leaves. Additionally, rotate the plant a quarter turn once a week to prevent it from leaning toward the light in one direction.
  • Allow the potting mix to dry out completely between waterings. Both overwatering and underwatering do no good for this plant’s well-being. 
  • Young Pilea Peperomioides do well in 55°F to 86°F (13°C to 30°C) temperature range. 

Take good care of your Chinese money plants and they’ll grow into strong and vibrant mature specimens.

Chinese Money Plant Propagation: FAQs

Q: Should I remove Chinese money plant babies?

A: Removing Chinese money plant babies, or pups, is a personal preference and depends on the plant’s overall size. If it’s too tall and growing out of control, removing the offshoots can help control its size. You can also use these babies to propagate new plants and expand your indoor plant collection. 

Q: Why is my Chinese money plant not happy? 

A: Your Chinese money plant may be unhappy if it's not getting the right amount of light, water, moisture, and nutrients. Hence, it’s important to meet all of its care requirements to enjoy a thriving green companion.

Q: Is Chinese money plant pet-safe?

A: Yes, a Chinese money plant is not toxic to cats and dogs. Hence, you can safely grow and propagate this popular pet-friendly plant at home without risking the well-being of your furry friends. 

Q: Is it better to propagate Pilea in water or soil?

A: Pilea can be propagated in both water and soil. The best idea is to grow it in water for a short period, say a week or two, to help the roots establish before transferring the plant to a pot with soil. 

Q: How long does it take for Pilea cuttings to root?

A: Pilea cuttings usually root within two weeks, provided they get adequate care. Still, it may take a baby money plant a good month to properly develop its root system in soil.


By learning how to propagate a Chinese money plant, you can multiply this beautiful tropical houseplant and spread the joy of plant parenthood with family and friends by giving them a thoughtful plant gift.

With patience, care, and some botanical knowledge, even a novice can successfully propagate this beloved plant, fostering a sense of abundance and prosperity for years to come.

Want the best companion plant for your Chinese money plant, which is one of the luckiest plants in Feng Shui? Pair it with a ZZ plant or snake plant or a money tree to promote good fortune and financial wealth!