Pilea peperomioides is my current favourite house plant. Lush shiny round leaves, she is so lovely! Unfortunately they can be pretty hard to find, but of you do, snap it up! Also known as Chinese money plant, or just pilea, she grows wild in southwestern Yunnan province of China. In the wild it grows in moist shady areas. This makes her an excellent choice for your bathroom in a north facing window. Or mist regularly. No direct sun! Water when the soil has just dried, don’t keep wet. She actually wilts so will let you know when she needs water. If she is happy she will shoot up little pups! You can cut these from the main plant and pot up to share with friends! I just planted up 7 little of these and I am planing on making them all into kokedama for our North facing master bathroom. Next Sunday I will do a post all about kokedama which is Japanese method of planting in a moss ball.
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Not so Christmas cactus! After doing some research for this post I understand these two guys are actually thanksgiving cactus! I have to tell you that was a shocker! What I learned is that it comes down to the leaf and the ‘normal flowering time’. A Christmas cactus (schumbergera buckleyi) has more rounded scalloped ‘leaf’ (these are actually segmented stems) and the thanksgiving version (schlumbergera truncata) has more spiked stem segment. All my guys have the spiked leaves! It looks like this confusion comes from bad labels in the industry calling them all either Christmas or Zygo, both incorrectly. In general the thanksgiving version flowers more into November and the Christmas version in December. Both can be ‘programmed’ to flower when you want - In theory! I have never done this (way to much fussing for me) but I know it involves controlling light levels starting in September. Have you tried? Mine always get a summer vacation outside, a north or east sheltered location is a must! No direct sun. They are fairly flexible in winter as to light levels, but a dark leaf can mean too much sun. In the wild they grow in trees in Brazil so think of a shady forest! They also appreciate a relatively cool room at 10-15 degrees celsius at night or they may drop the flower buds. In the wild they get nutrient dense leaf mold, so these guys definitely like a good feeding during growing season (starting in spring until they bud). As far as watering, much like a succulent (scroll back to see my succulent post on watering). Underwater and the stems will turn dark and look soft and sad. Over water and they will rot at the soil level, so pay attention! If they are happy you will often get another flowering in spring! Comment with photos of yours! If anyone thinks they have an actual Christmas cactus, please let me know I would love to do a plant swap for a piece! My big one is at least 25 years old and I expect to pass it on to my daughter as they can easily live 100 years. Do you get yours from a grandma?