Plant Care Variegated Aluminum Plant

Variegated Aluminum Plant

About Variegated Aluminum Plant

Pilea plants are native to regions worldwide, and often have succulent, water-storing leaves. A handful of them are grown as houseplants, but the rest of the 600+ species are wild plants. Their name comes from the Latin for 'felt cap' which refers to the unique way that their fruits are protected. Fossils of Pilea species have been found dating back over 5 million years ago!

Taxonomy

Pilea cadierei 'Variegata'
Pilea
Urticaceae
Rosales

How to care for Variegated Aluminum Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Variegated Aluminum Plant

Water needs for Variegated Aluminum Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Variegated Aluminum Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Variegated Aluminum Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Variegated Aluminum Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Variegated Aluminum Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Variegated Aluminum Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Variegated Aluminum Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Variegated Aluminum Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Variegated Aluminum Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Variegated Aluminum Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Variegated Aluminum Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Variegated Aluminum Plant Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Variegated Aluminum Plant may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Variegated Aluminum Plant Light Requirements →

Variegated Aluminum Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Variegated Aluminum Plant doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Variegated Aluminum Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Variegated Aluminum Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Variegated Aluminum Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Variegated Aluminum Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Variegated Aluminum Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Variegated Aluminum Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Variegated Aluminum Plant is native to Worldwide.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Variegated Aluminum Plant

Variegated Aluminum Plant

Variegated Aluminum Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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