Gardening

Peperomia: appreciated for its foliage


The peperomia is a plant used indoors, very appreciated for its foliage, as varied as it is decorative.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Peperomia
Family : Piperaceae
Type : Perennial, Houseplant

Height
: 25 cm
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Well drained

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : June to August

Planting peperomia

The peperomia has the particularity of appreciating repotting at the end of winter.

You can therefore repot it after purchase if you notice that the roots are sticking out of the pot and then once a year at the end of winter.

  • It is best to repot in a pot that is only slightly larger than the previous one because peperomia likes to feel cramped.
  • The pot should have a drainage layer at the bottom. Use gravel or clay balls for this.

Best exposure for a peperomia

The peperomia likes them light situations but fear the rays of the sun especially in summer.

On the temperature side, the peperomia tolerates a heated interior in winter, but it may also lose leaves if the air is too dry.

Temperatures should not drop below 12-13 °.

  • Place your peperomia behind a window that receives the sun only in the morning or evening or behind a veil
  • The varieties at variegated leaves tolerate sun better than varieties with green foliage.
  • Avoid at all costs too dark rooms because the peperomia also fears shade.
  • Peperomias with green leaves need good light, but should be protected from full sun

Maintenance of peperomia

After flowering, remove the flower stems of the peperomia by cutting as short as possible.

  • Only remove the leaves if they are wilted, dried out or yellowed

Watering the peperomia

Peperomia occurs naturally in tropical areas of South America and therefore needs some ambient humidity all year round to thrive.

However, there is no need to water excessively because too much watering could also doom it. Too much water usually causes leaves to drop and often destroy your plant.

  • Water lightly and only when the soil is dry
  • Spray the foliage with soft water, especially in winter when heating tends to dry out the air in our interiors.
  • Peperomia tolerates drought better at soil level than vice versa

To know about peperomia

Peperomias have a large number of species and varieties with very different colors and foliage too.

You don't have to rely on any of the photos shown, your peperomias may look quite different from these photos.

We find green, variegated, embossed, purple or even more or less dense peperomias in the foliage.

There are, however, some points in common, such as their tropical origin from South America and their flowering in the form of elongated spikes.

Finally, note that the lifespan of a peperomia is not very long and that its growth is relatively slow.

But the peperomia remains a beautiful houseplant thanks to its varied and very decorative foliage.

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