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Silver Sparkle Nettle

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  • Metallic-Looking Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 4-7 Inches 

Nettle ‘Silver Sparkle’ (Solanum elaeagnifolium) is an adorable metallic-looking plant. It has tiny, button-shaped, silvery leaves with deep green veins strung together on red stems. When grown in the right conditions, this plant also produces small clusters of peach-colored blossoms. Other common names for this plant include Pilea ‘Silver Sparkle’, Grey Baby Tears, Grey Artillery Plant, and Red-Stemmed Pilea.  

Best Locations For Growing Silver Sparkle Nettle

The small stature of this plant makes it perfect for any little bright spot needing some sparkle. Grow it on a nightstand, dresser, side table, or even as a ground cover in a terrarium. Silver Sparkle is non-toxic and safe to be grown anywhere in your home. 

Silver Sparkle Nettle Sunlight Requirements

For best results, position this plant in bright indirect sunlight with up to 1-2 hours of direct sunlight in either the morning or late afternoon. A west- or east-facing exposure would be ideal for Silver Sparkle Nettle. 

Silver Sparkle Nettle Care

Silver Sparkle Nettle prefers soil that is well draining and consistently moist. It only needs to be repotted if showing signs of being rootbound, e.g. roots coming out of the bottom of the pot. Pot this beauty in a soil blend of peat and perlite, or use any mix that drains well and retains a little moisture.  

Watering Silver Sparkle Nettle

Silver Sparkle needs consistently moist soil and can be sensitive to water quality; use rainwater, distilled water, or filtered water to ensure the chlorine and salts in tap water don’t hurt the plant. Water this plant once the top inch of soil has dried. One of the great things about this plant is that it tolerates somewhat arid to average household humidity levels. 

Feeding Silver Sparkle Nettle

During the growing season of spring and summer, feed this plant using a diluted, balanced (10-10-10), liquid fertilizer every two to three weeks. No need to fertilize Silver Sparkle Nettle during the winter months. 

Silver Sparkle Nettle Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 4-7 inches
Mature Spread: 12-24 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Blue, Pink, Red
Flower Shade/Description: Deep Pink, Maroon and Blue
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Silver with Deep Green Veins
Temperature: 60° - 75°F (16° - 24°C)
Humidity: High
Common Name: Silver Sparkle Nettle
Other Name(s): Silver-Leaf Bitter-Apple
Scientific Name: Solanum elaeagnifolium 'Silver Sparkle'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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