Plant of the Week:
Peperomia fraseri
Flowering Peperomia
Piperaceae

Peperomia fraseri

Peperomia fraseri, or "flowering peperomia", a native of Ecuador is one of the showiest of all the peperomias that I have grown. Its large flowers set it apart from others in the family. Individual plants may reach 6 inches across and are well suited to grow in small pots.

Blooming Time: The 2-foot flowering stalk is red with white flowers that resemble white bottlebrushes and are mildly fragrant. Individual flowers are 3/8 of an inch long.

Culture: Peperomia fraseri need full shade and intermediate temperatures with a well-drained soil. We use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand or perlite. Since the plant is somewhat succulent, one must take care not to overwater. On the average, we water the plant twice a week. Fertilize monthly with a houseplant fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label.

Propagation: Peperomia fraseri are propagated by leaf cutting or by removal of offshoots. Leaf cutting can be taken at any time of the year. The lower ½ of the leaf should be inserted in a sand-peat mixture. When they have rooted (in about 4 weeks) they can be transplanted into small pots.

Peperomia fraseri was featured as Plant of the Week April 13-19, 2001.

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