Aluminum Plant Pilea cadierei

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Pilea cadierei, commonly known as the Aluminum plant, is a striking houseplant appreciated for its decorative foliage. The leaves are the most notable feature of this plant, having an oval shape with a slightly quilted texture, creating a lush and full appearance. They grow on slim, green stems that may gently droop as they lengthen. The leaves themselves are a deep, rich green and each is adorned with unique silvery patterns that give the Aluminum plant its common name. These metallic patches appear like splashes or blotches, contrasting beautifully against the darker green background. The variegation may vary in intensity but consistently gives the plant a shimmering appearance, particularly under a good light. The edge of each leaf is finely serrated, lending a delicate aspect to its overall visual impact. The Aluminum plant can produce tiny flowers, although they are quite inconspicuous when compared to the striking foliage. These are often green or cream in color and do not generally contribute much to the appearance of the plant, which is primarily grown for its attractive leaves. It is a popular choice for indoor gardeners due to its ornamental value and the vivid contrast it can provide amongst other houseplants with a more uniform green color.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Aluminum Plant, Watermelon Pilea, Aluminium Plant.

    • Common names

      Pilea cadierei.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Aluminum plant, which is the common name for Pilea cadierei, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. This means that ingesting parts of the plant typically does not cause serious harm or poisonous effects. Consequently, there are no well-documented symptoms of poisoning in humans from consuming the Aluminum plant.

    • To pets

      Aluminum plant, the common name for Pilea cadierei, is also non-toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. It is not known to cause any severe symptoms or long-term health consequences if pets consume parts of this plant. Therefore, it is generally regarded as safe for households with pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Vietnam Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to Care For: Pilea cadierei, commonly known as Aluminum Plant, is relatively low-maintenance and can thrive in a range of indoor conditions.
    • Decorative Foliage: It has attractive green leaves with unique silvery patterns that can add visual interest to a room.
    • Fast Growing: The Aluminum Plant grows fairly quickly, which can be gratifying for plant owners and fills space effectively.
    • Pet-Friendly: This plant is generally considered non-toxic to cats and dogs.
    • Promotes Humidity: Like many houseplants, it can help maintain indoor humidity levels, contributing to a comfortable living environment.
    • Adaptable: The Aluminum Plant can adapt to various light conditions, although it prefers bright, indirect light.
    • Suitable for Terrariums: Due to its moderate size and humidity preference, it's well-suited for terrariums and dish gardens.
    • Propagation: It's easy to propagate from stem cuttings, which allows plant enthusiasts to share and multiply their collection.
    • Positive Influence: Having plants like the Aluminum Plant in your space can contribute to a calming atmosphere and increase overall well-being.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Decorative elements in mixed planters: Pilea cadierei, commonly known as Aluminum Plant, can add texture and contrast when planted alongside other houseplants in a mixed container, creating an aesthetically pleasing arrangement.
    • Crafting terrariums: The compact size and ornamental leaves of Aluminum Plant make it suitable for incorporating into terrariums, where its unique leaf pattern contributes to a miniature jungle landscape.
    • Photography props: The distinctive foliage of Aluminum Plant can serve as an interesting backdrop for macro photography and plant-focused social media posts.
    • Teaching tool: Aluminum Plant can be used in educational settings to demonstrate plant care, propagation techniques, and tropical plant characteristics to students of all ages.
    • Living gifts: An Aluminum Plant makes for a thoughtful and sustainable gift option for friends and family, especially for those interested in home décor or gardening.
    • Office desk companion: With its low light requirements, Aluminum Plant serves as an excellent desk plant, providing a touch of greenery and improving workspaces in office environments.
    • Event decor: Due to its striking appearance, Aluminum Plant can be used as a natural decoration at events, such as weddings or parties, either as a centerpiece or placed around the venue.
    • Literary inspiration: The unique patterns and shapes of Aluminum Plant leaves can inspire artists and writers looking for natural motifs in their work.
    • Research organism: Aluminum Plant can be employed in research on indoor horticulture practices, growth patterns under artificial light, or the effects of different fertilizers and soil types on growth.
    • Feng Shui enhancement: In the practice of Feng Shui, Aluminum Plant can be used to bring balanced energy and aesthetic harmony into a home or office.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Aluminum Plant is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Aluminum Plant is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Prosperity: The Pilea cadierei, commonly known as Aluminum Plant, has rounded leaves that are sometimes used to symbolize coins, thus it is often associated with prosperity and wealth.
    • Good Fortune: In many cultures, Pilea plants, including the Aluminum Plant, are thought to bring good luck to their owners, making them popular gifts for housewarmings and business openings.
    • Friendship: The ease with which the Aluminum Plant can be propagated and shared has made it a symbol for friendship and the sharing of good fortune with others.
    • Resilience: The Aluminum Plant is known for its hardiness and its ability to thrive in a variety of indoor conditions, symbolic of resilience and adaptability in life.
    • Growth and Renewal: As with many houseplants, the Aluminum Plant also signifies personal growth, renewal, and the cycle of life, as it grows and continuously produces new leaves.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Aluminum Plant, commonly known as Pilea cadierei, prefers to be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry. Use room temperature water and water the plant thoroughly, allowing the water to run through the drainage holes. On average, this might equate to watering approximately every 7 to 10 days, but this frequency can vary based on the environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity. It is essential not to let the Aluminum Plant sit in water as it can lead to root rot. Depending on the size of the pot, you might use about 8 to 16 ounces of water per watering session.

  • sunLight

    The Aluminum Plant thrives in bright, indirect light. It's best to place it near a north or east-facing window where it will receive plenty of light without being subjected to direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. Avoid placing your Aluminum Plant in dimly lit areas as insufficient light can stunt its growth and cause the foliage to lose its vibrant coloration.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Aluminum Plant prefers temperatures ranging from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate a minimum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but growth will be slower. Ensure the Aluminum Plant is not exposed to drafts or sudden temperature changes to maintain its health and well-being.

  • scissorsPruning

    The Aluminum Plant benefits from occasional pruning to encourage bushier growth and to remove any leggy stems or yellow leaves. Prune your Aluminum Plant in the spring or early summer, which is the best time for pruning as the plant will be entering its active growth phase. Generally, pruning can be done once a year or as needed when you see unfit growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Aluminum Plant prefers a well-draining potting mix consisting of peat, perlite, and compost, with a peat-based component to retain some moisture while allowing excess water to drain. Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    The Aluminum Plant should be repotted every two years to refresh the soil and provide it room to grow. Young plants may require annual repotting if they are growing quickly.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The Aluminum Plant thrives best at high humidity levels, ideally between 60% to 75%. It's important to maintain consistent humidity for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Place in shade, protect from strong sun and winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      11-12 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pilea cadierei, commonly known as Aluminum Plant, begins its life cycle as a seed, germinating in warm, moist soil where light is ample. The seedling stage follows, where the first true leaves develop, characterized by the plant's signature silvery patches. As it enters the vegetative stage, the Aluminum Plant grows rapidly, forming a bushy structure with many branches and larger, mature leaves. It can then reach the reproductive stage, occasionally producing small, greenish flowers that are not very ornamental, though this is less common in household conditions. After pollination, which may require assistance if indoors, seeds may be produced, completing the life cycle. Over time, the Aluminum Plant will enter a period of decline if not maintained, which involves leaf drop and reduced vigor, signaling the end phase of its life cycle unless propagation through cuttings is performed, which can regenerate the plant.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method for propagating the Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei) is through stem cuttings. This can ideally be done during the spring or early summer, when the plant is in its active growth phase. To propagate, a healthy stem with a few leaves is cut, typically about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) in length. It's important to make a clean cut just below a node, which is where the leaf joins the stem, as this area contains cells crucial for new root development. The cutting is then placed in either a glass of water or directly into moist soil. If using water, roots should begin to appear within a few weeks. Once a good network of roots has developed, the cutting can be transplanted into a pot with well-draining soil, where it will grow into a new Aluminum Plant.