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Coin Plant Seeds:
Guide to Storing, Sowing and Germination

Updated: June 9, 2022

Coin plants, also known as Chinese money plants (Pilea peperomioides), are a popular choice for indoor houseplants. Their unique round leaves and easy-care nature make them a favorite among plant enthusiasts. If you’ve decided to grow your own coin plant from seed, here’s a guide to help you store, sow and germinate the seeds.

Storing Coin Plant Seeds

The first step in growing your own coin plant is to get your hands on some seeds. You can purchase them online or collect them from an existing coin plant. Once you have your seeds, it’s important to store them properly to ensure they remain viable until it’s time to sow them.

  1. Dry the Seeds: After collecting the seeds, let them dry out for a few days. Spread them out on a paper towel or newspaper and leave them in a dry spot with good ventilation. This will help prevent mold or mildew growth on the seeds.

  2. Store in an Airtight Container: Once the seeds are dry, transfer them to an airtight container such as a small glass jar or plastic bag. Label the container with the date and type of seed. Store the container in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or refrigerator.

  3. Check Regularly: It’s important to check on your stored seeds regularly to ensure they are still viable. Check for any signs of mold or mildew and discard any seeds that show these signs.

Sowing Coin Plant Seeds

Once you’re ready to sow your coin plant seeds, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare Your Soil: Fill a small pot or seed tray with well-draining potting soil. Make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

  2. Sow the Seeds: Scatter the coin plant seeds over the soil surface. Don’t bury them too deep as they need light to germinate. Gently press the seeds down into the soil using your fingers.

  3. Cover and Water: Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite. Water the soil gently using a spray bottle or watering can with a fine nozzle. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

  4. Provide Light and Warmth: Coin plant seeds need warmth and light to germinate. Place the pot or tray in a warm spot with bright, indirect sunlight. A temperature of around 70°F is ideal for germination.

  5. Be Patient: It can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for coin plant seeds to germinate. Be patient and resist the urge to overwater or disturb the soil during this time.

Germinating Coin Plant Seeds

Once your coin plant seeds have germinated, follow these tips to ensure healthy growth:

  1. Provide Adequate Light: Once the seedlings have emerged, make sure they are getting enough light. Move them to a bright spot where they can receive at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day.

  2. Water Regularly: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

  3. Fertilize Sparingly: Coin plants don’t require a lot of fertilizer, especially when they’re young. Use a balanced houseplant fertilizer once every 2-3 months during the growing season.

  4. Transplant When Necessary: As the coin plants grow, they may need to be transplanted into larger pots. Wait until they’ve outgrown their current container before transplanting.


Can I store coin plant seeds for more than one year?

While it’s possible to store coin plant seeds for longer than one year, their viability may decrease over time. It’s best to use seeds within one year of collecting them.

Can I sow coin plant seeds directly into the ground?

Coin plants are typically grown as indoor houseplants, but they can be grown outdoors in areas with mild climates. If you live in a suitable climate, you can sow coin plant seeds directly into the ground in early spring.

Why are my coin plant seeds not germinating?

There could be several reasons why your coin plant seeds aren’t germinating. Check that the soil is moist but not waterlogged, and that the seeds are receiving enough warmth and light. It’s also possible that the seeds are no longer viable if they’ve been stored improperly or for too long.