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Showy, silver-splashed leaves make Aluminum Plant a stunning and popular house plant. It's easy to grow, too, as long as you can meet its need for humidity.
Pilea cadierei is a fast-growing perennial plant. It spreads rapidly in its tropical native habitat, where it grows as a groundcover. Tiny, light-colored flowers sometimes appear in summer. Don't be afraid to pinch them off. They're insignificant compared to the foliage.
Its ovate green leaves are about 3 in (8 cm) long. Silvery streaks mark each leaf, adding a dramatic metallic design to its quilted texture. These unusual patterns give this plant another common name, watermelon pilea.
Pinch off growing tips to keep the plant from getting leggy. Pinch the fleshy stems early and often to encourage them to branch out and to stay compact. Don't toss out those cuttings, either. They'll root easily. (See "Propagation" below.)
Plant wilting? Aluminum plant prefers humidity to wet soil. In fact, it won't tolerate soggy soil which causes root rot. Aim to keep the soil lightly moist during the growing season.
5064 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA
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Seth H. Richards
Locally owned and Family Operated Since 1932.
Dr. John Richards established Richards Tree Farm in Middle Smithfield, PA as an evergreen farm. Building on those roots, his Great Grandson, Seth Hastings Richards, has grown the farm into a full service Garden Center and Landscape installation business for the past 25 years. The farm specializes in Organic Gardening, Edible, Native, and Unique plants.