How to Care for Peperomia Houseplants
Peperomia are great plants to keep in your house for they are easy to take care of which makes them the perfect plant for beginning plant parents. This plant has different that come in many forms and colors, some have marbled variegation while some are simply green but still are lovely.
The peperomia plant is commonly known as the Radiator plant and Peperomia is its scientific name. They belong to the Piperaceae family of the Plantae kingdom. They generally have thick stout stems and fleshy leaves that can grow no higher than 12 inches.
Peperomias are native to the Amazon region of South America a place is known to be warm and shady. They are grown as houseplants usually because of their beautiful foliage but sometimes it’s because of their flowers.
The peperomia is viewed as something lucky in Brazil. They are given as a reassuring gift that everything will be alright. Its name is derived from the Greek peperi meaning pepper and homoios, which means resembling.
They work as great air purifiers and are easy to take care of, to prove that, here are just some of their care guides.
1. For Sunlight
Peperomia plants are happiest in bright indirect light. They will be happiest when put next to a window all day. The can also grown under fluorescent light. If Peperomias do not get enough light they will stop growing. They are slow growers to begin with, so if you want growth you gotta give them light!
Wait until half of the soil is dry throughout. They like to be dry, so this can mean a couple weeks without water. Root rot is the most common cause of death for Peperomias. We water our Peperomias from the bottom up. This way the plant only drinks what they want and you can avoid waterboarding them.
Peperomia plants prefer temps between 65-85F. Anything below 60F will stop their growth and main cause irreparable damage.
Generally, peperomias do fine without fertilizer. If you'd like fuller or faster growth, feed them once a month with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer.
Peperomia plants normally settle in the wild and their roots go near a slightly decaying bark of a tree. It is best to plant these plants in soil that mimics these conditions. An orchid potting mix will be just fine or a regular potting soil that is lightened with peat moss will work as well.
The easiest way to propagate these plants will be through its cutting. To do this you can just simply cut a leaf with at least a 1-inch stem along with it then you can just simply plant it in potting soil and wait for the roots to grow.
Peperomias are plants that are slow growers therefore can live in a relatively small container for a while. They also have no problem with being rootbound so the only sign you need to watch out for is when they you see some roots coming out of the pot’s drainage holes.
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