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Wonderful houseplants: The Chinese Moneyplant

Plants bring people together and what a better way to seal bond of friendship by exchanging cuttings? 

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Every time we have to make a gift, we give plants and our friends do the same with us. It has become a joyful ritual, same goes watering plants in the morning whilst enjoying that first perfect cup of coffee. We love plants and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them. It was with great delight we found this little plant in front of our doorstep!  We first saw this odd plant with very round, dark green leaves at Wilbert’s – remember his amazing urban jungle? - and it immediately grabbed our attention. What is it? Where is it from? And, please can we get a cutting? 

 

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It was Wilbert who informed us the plant is called The Chinese Money Plant, Lefse Plant, Pilea peperomioides. It is also known as the Chinese Missionary Plant due to the fact that this plant was introduced to Europe by a Swedish missionary working in China in 1946. Wilbert was so kind to offer us a cutting and leave it on our doorstep. Can't think of a better way to seal bond of friendship!

 

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The Chinese Money Plant is an ideal houseplant as it is pretty undemanding, fast growing and leafy all year round and it likes bright and indirect sunlight.

 

Text: Magali Elali
Photography: Bart Kiggen

 

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