Peperomia

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Jun 262016
 

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Peperomia spp.

How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular variety. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all Indoor Plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

The peperomia is an endearing desk top plant with beautiful leaves. There are many different peperomias, with a wide variety of leaf colours and forms to choose from. They are generally a compact size, perfect for impact, but not too space consuming. They grow easily under fluorescent lighting – so good for office situations or areas that doesn’t get any direct sunlight

Very easy to manage once you get them in the right position.

Watering

In the warmer months, water after the top half of the potting mix has dried out. In the cooler months, or in cool air-conditioned environment, water less often. Water until water runs out of the base, then make sure all water has drained away and the pot is not sitting in water. Over watering will make it rot. Avoid watering the leaves. The thick leaves hold water and help the plant cope with dry periods.

Light

Moderate indirect light. Avoid bright or direct light. Can be grown under fluorescent lighting.

Temperature and humidity

Prefers consistent conditions between 15C and 30C. Avoid cold drafts.

Likes a humid environment. The simplest solution is often to put the pot on small stones or blocks to keep it raised, and fill the saucer or slip pot beneath with water. The water evaporates increasing humidity, but keeping the pot raised allows the free drainage essential to a happy indoor plant.

Fertilising

Fertilise monthly in spring and summer with half strength liquid fertiliser. Do not fertilise over winter or autumn.

Maintenance

Pruning

Prune to reshape as needed. New growth will sprout from the node immediately below the pruning cut on the stem. If you allow the prunings to dry out for several hours, you can then plant them in propagating sand and grow new plants.

Repotting

Repot in spring as needed, maybe every 2-3 years. Do not ‘over-pot’, use a small pot. Can be divided at this time.

Flushing

Once a year flush the potting mix with clean water to leach out all the salts left form fertilising.

Problems

Mealy Bug

Spray with white or pest oil

Ringspot marks on the leaves

This is a virus and difficult to control once it appears. Avoid by not watering the leaves – keep the leaves dry.

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