Caring for Trendy House Plants


Every year one plant or other steals the spotlight on Instagram as the “trendy” house plant. This year, it’s this plant, pilea peperomiodes. It has so many common names I scarcely know where to begin–I have seen it called the money plant, coin plant, UFO plant, pancake plant–all for obvious reasons because the leaves do resemble these things (at least if you have some imagination).

What I particularly wanted to show with this photo was the yellow leaf, because if you own these plants for awhile it is perfectly normal for them to lose their lower leaves and get a bit leggy. It’s not a habit that I am fond of–as a general rule, I am not fond of leggy plants at all–so I am letting my plant make offspring and just letting them grow up in the pot around the plant to hide the legginess. Some people share the little plants at the base. I can’t do it. I have to use them to hide the stem.

As for light and watering requirements, bright light but no full or direct sun. As with most things in my house, this plant dries down pretty completely before it gets watered again and it seems to be just fine with that treatment. It’s not one of those “fussy” plants that needs to be evenly moist.

Just do remember that as it grows, it IS going to shed its lower leaves on you so decide on a strategy for that. Or perhaps you’re someone who likes the leggy look. We can’t all like the same things, after all. How boring would that be?

2 thoughts on “Caring for Trendy House Plants

  1. tonytomeo October 27, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    For a trendy plant, that one is pretty cool. I am not familiar with it. The old cultivars were quite different.

  2. gardendaze October 28, 2018 / 7:18 am

    Wow, Tony, I’ve scooped you? Cool. I have read that they are in “short supply” but I have also seen folks selling them on Amazon so I thought perhaps folks were propagating them like bunnies. I have two small offsets in the pot with that plant–they didn’t show well in the photo–but as I said in my post, I am not a fan of “leggy” so they will stay there.


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