Pilea Cadierei (Watermelon Pilea)

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Rediscover your love for succulents with the different varieties you can take good care of at home. If you’ve been eyeing to have your house plants, you probably know by now that succulents have a wide range of appearances. There’s almost a succulent meant for everyone. 

This succulent is native to China and Vietnam. Pilea Cadierei belongs to the Urticaceae family and is preferred to grow as a ground cover in a shaded yet humid environment. 

Pilea Cadierei Physical Appearance

It is a perennial herb that can develop to 0.4 meters tall. The leaves are elliptical and have two midribs. Leaves are green with big silvery patches between veins. Pilea Cadierei also produced egg-shaped fruits that are slightly flattened. This succulent is also commonly named the aluminum plant, given its silver accent. Aluminum Plant is a succulent that generally looks like a small bushy plant than a trunk-like cactus. Due to its beautiful physical appearance, Pilea Cadierei is mainly grown as an ornament. Although it rarely produces flowers, Aluminum Plant can have tiny green flowers. 

Pilea Cadierei Propagation Guide

You may propagate your Pilea Cadierei through seeds and stem cuttings. Propagation through seeds takes so much time and has a lower success rate than propagating through cuttings. When propagating through cuttings, use clean garden scissors and allow your cuttings to be calloused for two to three days before replanting. You may pinch the edge of your stem to keep the plant compact. It is also advisable to conduct the propagation during spring or summer. 

Proper Plant Guide

  • Sunlight: It is important to note that you must avoid placing your Pilea Cadierei under direct sunlight to avoid any damage. This succulent very much appreciates partial shade. Since it doesn’t require much sunlight, Pilea Cadierei can be grown indoors. 
  • Watering: Remember to water moderately during its growing season and reduce or altogether skip watering during winter. Avoid waterlogged as it can lead to root rot
  • Soil: Use a well-draining soil mixture. You may opt for petty soil-based potting mix found in local garden centers.  
  • Temperature: 60°F to 70°F. Keep in mind that Pilea Cadierei thrives in a humid environment.

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  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 to 12.
  • Fertilizer: Feed your succulent every four weeks during its growing season and every six weeks during autumn and winter. 
  • Problems: To ensure the well-being of the Aluminum Plant, watch out for any common pests or diseases, such as mealybugs and spider mites. Check for any discoloration on the leaf or stems of your succulent. It is also important to occasionally prune and repot your Pilea Cadierei to lessen any possible infestation and freshen up your succulent soil. 


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