Peperomia

Peperomia

Radiator Plant

Varieties

Peperomia Hope / Puteolata / Ripple / Rosso

Origin

Native to Central and South America

Pet-friendly

General Care

Light

Medium to bright filtered. Avoid direct sun, which scorches leaves or ruins leaf colour. Avoid low light. Position close to a bright window in winter.

Temperature

15-24°C. Keep above 10°C. Protect from hot and cold drafts.

Humidity

Average to higher.  For extra humidity: place pot on moist pebbles in a tray, group with other plants, or, introduce a humidifier. Do not mist leaves.

Water

Weekly. Water sparingly and allow lightly moist potting mix to dry almost fully. Semi-succulent and somewhat drought tolerant. Always check moisture level before watering. Aerate mix to improve its condition.

Fertilizer

Every month (spring-summer). Use organic houseplant fertilizer, according to packaging instructions.

Maintenance

Every 1-2 weeks, rotate plant to ensure even growth. Every 1-2 months, dust leaves with a soft, dry paintbrush or shaving brush. Pinch leggy stems to encourage denser growth. Remove spent leaves. Trim faded flower stalks to nearest set of leaves with sterile shears. Trim unsightly or unruly vines.

Potting and Repotting

Peat-based potting mix. Every 1-2 years (spring) move plant into a planter 1-2” larger (diameter and depth); or, divide and repot in the same planter, using new potting mix, after cleaning planter and partially trimming back roots and foliage. Top dress annually, once maximum convenient planter size reached.

Special Points/Common Problems: 

  • Curling or droopy leaves often suggest underwatering.
  • Yellowing leaves, brown spots or mushiness often suggest rot or root disease from overwatering.
  • Dry, crinkly or brittle leaf edges may suggest poor humidity.
  • Many varieties produce a long, thin, white or cream-coloured flower spike. Once faded, trim flowers back at their base.