To have a good development of the plant d’aluminum, it is good to place the Pilea cadierei in a semi-shady place or in complete shade; these are plants that fear the cold, so they should be kept indoors or in a temperate greenhouse. The ideal temperature for this variety should never fall below 10 °C in the winter season, while the ideal climate in the summer period should have a temperature of around 25 °C.
To have a healthy and lush aluminium plant, water regularly, every 4-5 days, letting the soil dry between one watering and the other, as water stagnations are not tolerated and can lead to the insurgence of dangerous rottenness; from March to October provide fertilizer for green plants every 15-20 days; in winter months fertilize every 35-40 days.
These plants need a lot of moisture, so it is advisable to vaporize them often, with demineralized water. in hot periods, then, it is also possible to place the specimen in a saucer in which are placed pebbles or expanded clay, so as not to leave the pot in contact with the water, but making sure that the ambient humidity is higher.
The Pilea cadierei prefers loose soils, very well drained, rich in organic matter; repot the plants of this genus at least every 2-3 years, to ensure sufficient space for a harmonious development, paying great attention to the stems that break with some ease. It is also possible to proceed with an annual repotting if you notice that the plant grows a lot, the operation should be done in the spring, using a rich and well-drained soil.
To obtain a good degree of drainage, it is possible to add some sand to the compound.
The multiplication of these plants is usually done by cutting, taking a whole leaf at the base of the stem that carries it; from a single leaf develops quickly an entire plant, in a few weeks. The cuttings are to be placed in containers with peat and sand and placed in a sheltered and shaded place with a constant temperature.
Aluminium plant – Pilea cadierei: Parasites and diseases
Excessive light can cause leaves to discolour; these plants are sometimes affected by aphids. To eliminate them, use a specific pesticide product, or prepare a natural garlic-based compound to be boiled in water, then vaporized on the affected specimens.
This variety can also be affected by cochineal; in this case, you can use a cloth with alcohol to mechanically remove the problem. Another problem can be caused by an excess of water that leads to the onset of gray mold, a serious problem, to be countered quickly, eliminating the diseased parts.
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