Pilea cadierei is a native of Vietnam and is grown for its attractive foliage. The dark green leaves have silver markings between the veins.
Blooming Time: Flowers are small and insignificant.
Culture: Pilea cadierei does not tolerate direct sun without burning of the leaves. It does best in about 45% shade. It may tend to grow leggy when it is not receiving enough light. Temperature of 60 degrees is best in winter, but can tolerate temperatures of 70 degrees or higher in summer as long as sufficient humidity is provided. Aluminum plants need a sandy well-drained soil (1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand). During the growing season the plant should be kept evenly moist, water less in winter, but do not allow the soil to dry completely. Fertilize the plant weekly in the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label.
Propagation: Pilea cadierei are propagated by cuttings or division. Cutting should be taken in spring.
Pilea cadierei was featured as Plant of the Week October 22-28, 1999.
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