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