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Pilea cadierei is also known as the Aluminium plant or watermelon Pilea. The evergreen perennial plant is a native of China and Vietnam. It is a low maintenance plant that can grow up to 12 inches or 30 centimetres and is widely used as a houseplant in the temperate regions.

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Buy Pilea cadierei (Watermelon Pilea) + Size, Basic care, Soil, Lighting, Fertilizing, Pruning, Watering and pests. Info

The other names of the Pilea cadierei are Watermelon pilea or Aluminium plant. It belongs to family Urticaceae, the plant family which consists of flowering shrubs.

The plant is cultivated all over the temperate regions of the world on a wide scale as it serves as a houseplant.

SIZE

The Pilea Cadierei is a an evergreen perennial shrub which can grow up to the maximum height of 12 inches or 30 centimetres.

BASIC CARE

The Aluminium plant is a low maintenance plant that grows easily if the minimum care is provided.

The plant grows well at an optimal temperature of 15 degrees Celsius or 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

SOIL

The Aluminium plant grows well in a sandy soil mixture. For obtaining best results, combine one part of sand or perlite with two parts of peat.

LIGHTING

The Pilea cadierei grows well when they are planted in the region which gets 4 hours of indirect but bright sunlight.

The plant should not be exposed to bright and direct sunlight as it may burn the green foliages to turn them brown.

WATERING

The Pilea cadierei has varied water requirements during various parts of the year.

The soil should be kept moist during the summer and spring.

Subsequent gaps should be maintained and the soil should be allowed to dry during fall and winter.

PROPAGATION

The Pilea cadierei can be propagated by using stem cuttings. The best time for propagation is during the onset of spring.

The plant has to be transplanted to a sandy soil mixture.

PRUNING

Pruning of Pilea cadierei should be done during the onset of spring to encourage healthy growth.

FERTILIZERS

The Aluminium plant grows well with the addition of standard liquid fertiliser.

The plant may be fertilised during the onset of spring season till the end of summer season.

The plant should be fertilised after pruning as it stimulates growth.

PESTS

The Aluminium plant should be protected from the bright sun as the foliages discolour in the sun.

Excessive leaf fall indicates either overwatering or low temperatures.

During hot and dry weather, there is a risk of mites.




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