In this article, we will go over everything you need to know about caring for and propagating this beloved plant.
Chinese money plant, also known as Pilea peperomioides, is a trendy houseplant that has gained popularity in recent years. It is loved for its unique round leaves and ease of care. However, some growers may still struggle to keep their Chinese money plant healthy and thriving.
Caring for Chinese Money Plant
1. Light Requirements:
Chinese money plants prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate lower light conditions, but they will grow slower and their leaves may turn yellow. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can cause their leaves to burn.
It is important to keep the soil of your Chinese money plant moist but not waterlogged. Watering once a week is usually sufficient, but make sure to check the soil moisture before watering to avoid overwatering. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
Chinese money plants thrive in a humid environment, but they can also tolerate average indoor humidity levels. If the air in your home is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near the plant.
Feed your Chinese money plant with a balanced houseplant fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). During the winter, reduce fertilisation to once a month.
Prune your Chinese money plant to keep it compact and bushy. You can also pinch off the top of the plant to encourage branching.
How to Propagate Chinese Money Plants
Chinese money plants are easy to propagate and make great gifts for fellow plant enthusiasts. Here are two methods for propagating Chinese money plants:
If your Chinese money plant has grown too big for its pot, you can divide it into smaller plants. Gently remove the plant from its pot and separate the individual stems. Make sure each stem has roots attached.
Repot the new plants in fresh soil and water them thoroughly.
2. Stem Cuttings:
Take stem cuttings from your Chinese money plant by cutting a stem just below a leaf node. Remove the lower leaves from the stem and dip the cut end in rooting hormone.
Place the cutting in a pot filled with moist potting soil and cover it with a plastic bag to create a mini greenhouse. Keep the soil moist and in a bright, indirect light until the cutting has rooted.
The Chinese money plant is a beautiful and easy-to-care-for houseplant that can add a touch of greenery to any space. By following these care tips and propagation methods, you can enjoy a healthy and thriving plant for years to come.
Remember to keep an eye on your plant's moisture levels and provide it with the right amount of light and nutrients to help it thrive.
The ‘Price range’ in the tables above takes the lower-end price from the major online markets like e-Bay and Amazon at the time of this article.
Costs of Bamboos ranges between £20 and £60 or can be even higher. When buying plants, always choose a reputable garden shop because they sell high-quality plants.
Always check the post and package cost as this may not be included in the final cost of the bamboo plant. This may be dumb, but it is the best way to avoid paying more than you should.
The upper price limits are from the leading Garden Centres in the UK. The upper price limits are indicative of the delivery prices. However, the prices do fluctuate, therefore check the actual door price before making a purchase.
Buy screening bamboo plants
Online bamboo P&P:
Getting bargain garden bamboo plants from online marketplaces like Amazon and e-Bay can be satisfying.
However, the price of Garden Bamboo Plants from online marketplaces does not include the postage and packing, P&P.
Therefore, it is perhaps important to check out the actual cost price of the plant on sale before buying it.
I grow the Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo, Phyllostachys vivax f. areosulcata from Rhizome cuttings in August last year. The bamboo plants are a year old and are looking great.
It has been a year of learning to grow bamboo from cuttings. It requires care for the delicate new shoots where I kept the snails away, staked the new bamboo shoots and watered them during the warm summer months.
There are 3 common ways to propagate a lucky bamboo plant.
stem and shoot cuttings,
separation (plant division) and
How can I take cuttings from lucky bamboo plants?
Before propagating lucky bamboo, take the cuttings either from the main stalks or side shoots.
The lucky bamboo plant grows quicker from cutting than from the root separation and seeds.
To take the cuttings from the main stalk, cut 3 – 5 cm away from the node. As for the new side shoots, take the cutting as close as you can to the main stalk, the new shoot will re-generate so you do not have to worry.
Tidy up the first 2 – 4 sheaths along the cuttings to make way for the roots to germinate.
Coat the freshly cut ends with candle wax to stop them from rotting.
Now, the cuttings are ready for propagating in growing mediums.
How can I propagate stalk and shoot cuttings?
Lucky bamboo cuttings prepared above will thrive in water, soil and gravel. In this case, we’ll use soil as the propagating medium.
Put cuttings in a growing pot.
Add well-drained potting soil so that it covers 2 or 3 rooting nodes.
Water generously, use distilled water.
Set aside in a well-ventilated location where there is good indoor light.
Water regularly for 7 to 14 days after planting until you see signs of growth.
Top tip. Always use distilled or rainwater as they are free from chlorine which is the main cause of rotting in these plants.
How can I propagate lucky bamboo by plant divisions?
You can propagate lucky bamboo by plant divisions by separating the stalks from a recent purchase or removed from another pot.
You can use soil, water or gravel as a growing medium. In this case, we’ll use soil.
Tidy up any loose leaves, roots and ends.
Cover any freshly cut ends with candle wax to prevent rotting.
Prepare a regular pot with loam or potting soil. Place gravels or rock at the bottom of the pot for drainage
Place the plant divisions in the pot and cover the first 2 – 3 nodes with soil.
Water generously. (To promote root growth, mix some rooting powder with water)
Set aside in a well-lit location, away from direct sunlight and busy areas.
Top tip: Within 1 to 2 weeks, new roots and shoots should appear. Water once or twice each week. There is no need to water regularly if you are using loam soil as it has a high water retention capacity. Keep a close watch for signs of rooting and new shoots. Avoid giving the lucky bamboo fertilisers at this early stage.
How can I propagate lucky bamboo plants from seeds?
It takes a long time to get real lucky bamboo plants from seeds. In fact, it can take 6 – 12 months from potting the seeds to getting a real plant.
Also, lucky bamboo does not flower regularly, that’s why it’s often hard to get the seeds locally.
The best thing is the satisfaction of propagating your own plant!
So, here are the steps you can follow if you are ambitious.
Propagating lucky bamboo from seed:
Place the seeds out on a wet paper towel or white cloth. The seeds are black and small, so be careful when handling them.
Prepare the grow pots. Add well-drained moist soil or potting soil. Avoid using regular garden soil because it may have snails and slugs in them.
Put the seeds about 1 cm to 1.5 cm into the soil. Space them out evenly.
Water generously and place them in the greenhouse or in a shaded site until they germinate.
After propagating bamboo from seeds
Check and water regularly, but do not overwater.
Gently pull out the plants that are 10 cm in height and move them into pots until all your plants have been transplanted.
Do not empty the growing pot (tray) because some seeds may remain dormant in it. Leave them for a further 2 or 3 weeks until you are absolutely certain that all the seeds have germinated.
Top tip: It can take up to 2 weeks, even longer, for the lucky bamboo seeds to germinate. Once the new plants reach 10 cm to 15 cm tall, transplant them into larger pots. Ensure that the soil you are using is rich in nutrients and well-aerated. Lucky bamboo plants do not like waterlogged soil, do not overwater the plants.
How long does lucky bamboo take to grow?
The propagated plants can take about 2 weeks to 4 weeks for the first signs of growth to appear.
When removing invasive bamboo, always work smart, not hard.
Identify where the rhizomes are running before digging.
Here is how to dig out bamboo without using chemicals.
Cut the bamboo stems at 180 degrees across (horizontally), close to the ground. (Dig out the bamboo or use them in the garden)
Dig out dirt
Dig a drain around or along with the bamboo to a depth of 5 – 20cm.
Dig out the soil and dirt, cut off the rhizomes and clean the root hairs.
Remove rhizomes and clump bases
Removing rhizomes: Identify which way the rhizomes are running or how the clumps are formed, and dig along the rhizomes before removing them. (Do not break the rhizomes as they will grow back if left in the soils).
Removing bamboo base clumps: Use a pickaxe to dig out the base of the bamboo – one base stem at a time.
Do these before binning
Use a pair of secateurs or garden loppers to cut the stems into smaller pieces about 1 – 3cm.
Remove any side buds and root hairs to avoid any chance of growing back.
Leave the rhizome cuttings in direct sunlight and starve them off water and shade for 3 – 5 days or unit the rhizomes turn brown. This should be enough to kill them completely.
Tools you’ll need: Hacksaw, pickaxe, pair of secateurs or garden loopers. Get them here
Work smart when digging up bamboo roots
The bamboos have tough rhizomes (underground stems) and culms (stems), so work smart when digging them up.
Care should be taken when cutting the bamboo stems and rhizomes.
Hope this article gives you an idea about how to dig out and remove bamboo rhizomes in your garden and stop the rhizomes from spreading into other spaces.
A garden bamboo shoot can grow up to 10cm on a spring day, and reach its full height in just 4 weeks. By summer, it will put out branches and leaves. This bamboo's growth is complete, but it will remain evergreen for 30 - 60 years.
According to the Guinness World Records, timber bamboo grows up to 91 centimetres (35 inches) per day.
Close to home, at the Kew Garden Palm House, the Giant Timber Bamboo [pictured] grows to 24m in 16 days, as measured.
That's a whopping 1.5m per day!
This bamboo grows 1.5m/day
When does bamboo grow the fastest?
The new bamboo shoots come out in spring and grow the fastest during the first 3 - 4 weeks.
In summer, they'll start to branch out and produce leaves.
Also, spring is the ideal time to grow new bamboo plants because they will be active during this time.
When should I grow new bamboo plants?
Understanding how fast bamboo grows and when they grow the fastest is important to growing it.
Put the seeds indoors or greenhouse and maintain the soil moisture content as well as the temperature so that it is not too cold or too hot but at the standard room temperature of 22 – 25 degrees Celsius.
After they’ve germinated, it is time to transplant them into mini grow pots.
Always use plastic pots. The ceramic pots retain heat and are not ideal for germinating seeds.
From seeds to germinating and transplanting bamboo plants, they’ll need water even in Winter. They’ll also need mulch and a lot of attention.
Bamboo seeds carry the nutrients they need to germinate. Yet, grow them in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.
The best soil for growing bamboo seeds is an all-purpose compose.
How long does it take bamboo seeds to grow?
New shoots and roots will appear after 20-30 days after planting.
This is the best part of growing bamboo from seeds, it shows that the bamboo roots and rhizomes, and culms are establishing themselves in the propagator.
Start potting the early bamboo sprouts into larger pots where they'll grow for the next 12 months.
This will give the seeds that remained dormant in the propagator a chance to germinate.
Note: It can take as long as 5 years to grow bamboo from seeds to planting in pots and in the garden.