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Pilea cadierei AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green and Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

aluminum plant

Family

Urticaceae


Pilea can be annuals or evergreen perennials with slightly succulent stems, simple, often attractively marked or textured leaves and insignificant, pinkish flowers

P. cadierei is a bushy evergreen perennial to 30cm with obovate leaves marked with silver patches between the veins. Flowers insignificant, not freely produced

Other common names

  • watermelon pilea

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in frost-free enviroment. Requires high humidity, branches become woody at base

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam

Propagation

Propagate by stem tip cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Sub-tropical, City/Courtyard Gardens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free