Peperomia caperata sp.
Peperomia is a genus of plants within the pepper family (Piperaceae). The genus Peperomia is large, and there are currently over 1500 known species. These plants are found growing in the tropical regions of Central and South America. Most are fairly compact specimens which do not exceed 12” in height. Peperomia are grown for their foliage, but they also produce a flower which some refer to as a “rat tail” bloom.
(Including Nursery Pot)
4" Nursery Pot: 6" H x 6" W
This plant thrives in bright indirect light. Direct light should be avoided as it can cause Peperomia’s leaves to fade and burn. Dark corners should also be avoided.
Water and Soil
Peperomia like to dry out by about 50% between waterings. This plant does not tolerate over watering so it is always best to err on the side of underwatering. This plant likes well-draining, porous soil that is airy and not compact. Water only when around 50% or more of the soil is dry. This can be achieved by amending a standard, well draining potting mix with perlite and peat.
Temperature and Humidity
Peperomia prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F. Cold drafts and temperatures below 60 degrees F may damage this plants foliage and should be avoided. While this plant does fine in the humidity found in the average home, it would certainly benefit from added humidity.
Peperomia benefit from regular trimmings, which can encourage denser, bushier growth. Remove and discard any dead, discolored or damaged leaves. Healthy trimmings can be used for propagation, as Peperomia can be easily propagated through both stem and leaf cuttings.
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