November 4th, 2019

Plant Profile: Peperomia

The word peperomia may not roll off the tongue easily initially, but once you discover the variation of colours and foliage, you’ll be quick to forgive this super cute species!

The peperomia with its fleshy ornamental leaves is native to many tropical climates, often found in rainforests growing as an epiphyte (on wood). With over 1,000 species available, there is bound to be at least one that would grow well in your home. Peperomia Obtusifolia & Peperomia argyreia - Watermelon Peperomia Peperomia make great house plants as they are easy to grow, are petite in size and have fabulous and diverse foliage. They help purify the air and are safe to have around pets and children. Peperomia Caperata - Emerald Rippole  & Peperomia Piccolo Banda Peperomia are easy to propagate, enabling a great way for you to expand your collection so you can share the love with your friends and family. The best time to do this is in late spring/early summer. There are two main ways for propagating peperomia plants – leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. The method you use will depend on the species of peperomia you have so best to do your research. _Peperomia quadrangularis  - Beetle Peperomia & Peperomia Scandens 'Variegata' - Cupid's Peperomia _ Position: Peperomia plants will grow best in bright, indirect light. They will quickly lean towards the light so remember to rotate them. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves. Water: It’s best to water your peperomia when the soil is dry to touch. In fact, they prefer the soil to dry out between watering, so be careful not to over water as they may get root rot! Many varieties of the house plant can effectively hold water in their thick leaves, so can withstand longer periods without water. Soil & Care: Peperomia require well-drained soil. The plant roots require a lot of oxygen, so it’s suggested you mix in some perlite or sand with your potting mix to allow the roots to get the air they need to survive. These plants generally have a small root system so don’t need to be re-potted too often, and typically do better in pots that are on the smaller side.     All images via Pinterest

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