Botanical name - pilea peperomia
Origin - Yunnan, Southern China
Bright indirect Light
Pop me in a bright spot away from the harsh midday sun. But be careful not to put me in too dark a place as it will promote mould growth and rot. I angle myself towards the light as you'll notice so feel free to rotate me every few days to get an even growth.
I'm a semi-succulent as you can tell by my rubbery leaves. This means that I prefer to be on the drier side of life when it comes to watering. So please let the top couple of inches of my soil dry out between waterings. You can easily check this by poking your finger in. If you can feel moisture then no need to water me if not go for it. Water me thoroughly until you see it coming out the bottom of the pot but don't leave me sitting in a big puddle of water.
I love a humid environments so steamy bathrooms or kitchens are great. You can also pop me near other plants which creates more moisture in the air and regularly mist me.
You can gently dust or rinse my round leaves occasionally to keep them looking fresh and tidy - helps me to photosynthesise too!
Regularly check for mealybugs (white visible fluffy bugs) which can live on the stem crevices or leaves and can affect the plant and in some cases even kill it.
When I'm mature enough I produce 'mini me's' from the soil around my stem. When these babies are around 3 inches or bigger you can carefully and cleanly separate them from the mother plant and repot. Most will have their own roots by then so popping them straight in their own soil grow pot and treating them like there mother would be lovely - all ready to go to a new home.
These baby plants in China were traditionally given to friends as a good luck plant.