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Aluminum Plant (Pilea Cadierei)

Aluminum Plant (Pilea Cadierei)

A petite houseplant known for its striking foliage that features a unique, metallic-silver pattern. With its easy care routine and eye-catching looks, this plant is a gem for any terrarium environment, adding a pop of brightness and texture to the composition.

Aluminum Plant Care Card

Light requirementsBright, indirect light
Watering frequencyWater when the top half of the soil is dry
Humidity levelHigh, around 60-70%
Temperature range60-75°F (15-24°C)
Soil typeWell-draining, rich in organic matter
aluminum plant in a terrarium

The Aluminum Plant’s small size and eye-catching foliage make it an excellent choice for the foreground or mid-ground in a terrarium. It is best suited for a tropical or humid terrarium due to its preference for high humidity and warm temperatures.

Detailed Care Instructions

Light: Aluminum Plants prefer bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while insufficient light can cause the silver patterns to fade.

Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering.

Soil and Fertilizer: Plant in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).

Pruning and Repotting: Regular pruning will help maintain a bushy, compact shape. Repot in the spring or early summer if the plant becomes root-bound.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

If leaves start to drop or brown, it could be due to overwatering or low humidity. In terms of pests, keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites and aphids.


Aluminum Plants are easily propagated through stem cuttings. Cut a few inches from a healthy stem, remove the lower leaves, and place it in moist soil or water until roots develop.


Why are the leaves on my Aluminum Plant curling?

This could be due to underwatering or low humidity. Make sure the plant is receiving enough water and mist it regularly to increase humidity.

How can I make my Aluminum Plant bushier?

Regular pruning or pinching back of the plant will encourage a bushier growth habit.

Does the Aluminum Plant flower?

While it can produce small, inconspicuous flowers, Aluminum Plant is primarily grown for its striking foliage.