How to care for a Pilea Cadierei | Aluminum plant

Aluminum plants are easy-to-please and an eye-catching addition to your plant family. They are native to China and Vietnam and have beautiful leaves with silver markings (hence the "aluminum" plant).

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  • Regular
  • Every 2 years
  • Low air purifying
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Non-toxic
  • Once a month

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  • Aluminum plants are native to China and Vietnam.
  • Aluminum plants are low air purifiers.
  • Aluminum plants are non-toxic to people and pets.
  • Aluminum plants like moist soil and should be watered once the top half inch of soil is dry. They may need less frequent watering during the winter when their growth slows. They also benefit from regular misting to help boost humidity.
  • Aluminum plants like bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves.
  • Fertilize once a month during the spring and summer with an all purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer.
  • Aluminum plants need to be repotted when they start to outgrow their pot, this is usually every two years.
  • Encourage healthy leaf growth by pruning to half of the stem's normal length once a year. This helps prevent the plant from getting too leggy.
  • Aluminum plants are susceptible to common houseplant pests such as thrips, spider mites, scale, and aphids so keep an eye out for creepy crawly friends. They can also be affected by bacterial and fungal leaf spot, so while misting helps boost humidity, make sure the leaves are able to dry off before you mist again.

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