Peperomia caperata is one of the most popular varieties of Peperomia. It originally comes from the rain forest of Brazil. This small plant (not more than 8 inches tall) has thick, wrinkled dark green leaves.
Blooming Time: Flower stalks resemble mouse tails and are covered with tiny yellow-white flowers.
Culture: Peperomia caperata does best in at least 50% shade with temperatures of 68 to 75 degrees, and in winter, the temperature should not be less than 50 degrees. It is usually enough to water the plant every 8 to 10 days, but that depends on temperature and time of the year. Plants should be fertilized twice a month in summer with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. The plant does not need repotting unless it becomes too large for the pot. The roots are better off in a pot that is a little on the small side. The plant needs a porous soil, as it needs plenty of air around the roots. A suitable compost consists of 3 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sharp sand.
Propagation: Peperomia caperata are propagated by division or by leaf cuttings. Take leaf cuttings with a little bit of stem, dip in rooting hormone, place the leaf and stem in compost, water well and cover with a plastic bag. Remove the plastic bag once in a while to prevent the leaves from rotting. New plants will start from the base of the leaves.
Peperomia caperata was featured as Plant of the Week October 15-21, 1999.
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