Why do Chinese money plants’ leaves turn yellow and drop? A houseplant expert explains.

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Why do Chinese money plants’ leaves turn yellow and drop? A houseplant expert explains.

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, HOUSEPLANTS REQUIRE DIFFERENT CARE, and one plant in particular, the Chinese money plant, requires extra attention.

Houseplants require special care and attention during the winter months in order to not only survive but also thrive.

Patch Plant Doctor Richard Cheshire has some helpful hints and advice for anyone who owns a Chinese money plant.

Houseplants require special care and attention during the winter months in order to not only survive, but also thrive.

Patch Plant Doctor Richard Cheshire has a few helpful hints and words of wisdom for anyone who owns a Chinese money plant and wants to keep it looking its best.

The Chinese money plant, also known as a pancake plant, is native to the southern Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.

Scottish botanist George Forrest brought it to the UK for the first time in 1906.

It was a popular houseplant in the late twentieth century because it was easy to grow and propagate.

As a result, it was given the moniker “pass it on plant.”

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Because of its round, plat leaves that can grow up to 15cm across, it’s also known as the UFO plant.

But how do you care for it, especially in the dark winter months?

Patch’s plant doctor, Richard Cheshire, discussed the plant’s requirements for care.

“Chinese money plants thrive in medium light, where the sun does not shine directly on them but they are in a room with natural light for the majority of the day,” he explained.

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“Sunrays will scorch the leaves, causing them to appear patchy.

“These plants will shed their leaves if they don’t get enough light, the leaves are old, or they simply don’t have a use for them.”

“Plants can also lose leaves in the winter as they go dormant,” Richard continued.

“Because overwatering causes leaf drop in Money Plants, wait until the soil is completely dry between waterings.”

“If your Pileas leaves are overwatered, they will turn a yellow-brown color before falling off.”

So, how do you ensure that it grows to its full potential?

“To really help it thrive, make sure you’re feeding it,” he explained.

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