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Pilea 'Aluminum'

Pilea 'Aluminum'

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  1. Appearance: This plant is characterized by its dark green, oval leaves that have silver, aluminum-like patches, giving it a unique metallic appearance. The patterns often remind people of watermelon rinds, hence the alternative name.

  2. Size: Generally, the Aluminum Plant remains relatively small, making it a great desk or tabletop plant. It typically grows between 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) in height.

  3. Light Requirements: Prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, but too little light may cause the vibrant silver markings to fade.

  4. Watering: It likes to be kept consistently moist, but not soggy. Ensure you have a pot with good drainage to prevent root rot. It's important to avoid letting the plant sit in water.

  5. Soil: A well-draining potting mix is ideal. Standard houseplant soil mixed with a bit of perlite or sand can improve drainage.

  6. Temperature and Humidity: The Aluminum Plant thrives in warmer temperatures and appreciates high humidity. Maintaining a temperature between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C) is ideal. If the air is dry, consider placing the plant on a humidity tray, grouping it with other plants, or occasionally misting it.

  7. Toxicity: Pilea cadierei is non-toxic to cats and dogs, making it a pet-friendly houseplant option.

  8. Propagation: The Aluminum Plant can be propagated through stem cuttings. Taking a cutting with a few leaves and planting it in soil or placing it in water to root can lead to a new plant.

  9. Pest Issues: Like many houseplants, Pilea 'Aluminum' can be susceptible to pests like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Regularly inspect the plant and address any infestations early.

  10. Maintenance: To encourage bushy growth, you can pinch back the stem tips. If the plant gets too leggy or sparse, consider giving it more light.

  11. Growth Habit: Without regular pruning, the Aluminum Plant can sometimes become leggy. Pruning will help encourage a bushier growth habit.

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