With its wide bushy leaves that are marked with silver patterns, this species of Pilea native to China and Vietnam will do wonderfully as a house plant.
Common name : Aluminium plant
Scientific name : Pilea cadierei
Family : Urticaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Showy, silver-splashed ovate leaves make this species a stunning and popular house plant. It's easy to grow, too, as long as you can meet its need for humidity.
The Aluminum plant prefers humidity to wet soil. In fact, it won't tolerate soggy soil which might cause root rot.
Sowing & planting
15 - 60
6 - 7
Plant my aluminium plant
To choose the location, you need a bright place without too much direct sun - especially that of the afternoon - and away from the radiators. Pileas are small-growing plants, a 3 liters pot is often enough.
For planting use potting soil for indoor plant - rather woody so - or a beautiful compost well decomposed and very woody, very draining. It is sometimes advisable to add peat, but it is a nonrenewable resource, so it's up to you ... Beware, the pilea likes moist, do not place them in a draft!
Water my aluminium plant
You should water your pileas twice a week on average, when the upper soil has dried. Of course, you will have to adapt the frequency according to the seasons and water only every 12 days in winter.
N.B: The pilea is a neutral to acid soil plant, avoid watering it with tap water, which is usually limestone.
Spray my aluminium plant
In dry weather, spray your plant with soft water, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful!
Repot my aluminium plant
Every year, in March, change some of the earth of the pot, or find a bigger pot. Use potting soil for indoor plant - rather woody - or a beautiful compost well decomposed an dwoody.
Fertilize my aluminium plant
In summer, pour every 2 weeks a liquid fertilizer for green plants - or a good compost juice diluted to 1/10 if you have some!
A slow-release fertilizer is possible ...
Stop every fertilizing in the fall, and until the end of the following spring.