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Care of the plant Peperomia caperata or Emerald ripple peperomia.

Care of the plant Peperomia caperata or Emerald ripple peperomia

The genus Peperomia, family Piperaceae, includes more than 1000 species of perennial plants native to tropical regions around the globe. Some species are: Peperomia caperata, Peperomia magnoliifolia, Peperomia argyreia, Peperomia polybotrya, Peperomia axillaris, Peperomia orba, Peperomia angulata.

Common name: Emerald ripple peperomia. This species is native to Brazil.

They are small herbaceous plants of compact size that reach 25 cm in height. The fleshy leaves are heart-shaped, rough in texture and glossy dark green (there are variegated and maroon varieties). They produce erect white flower spikes up to 15 cm tall. They can bloom from spring to late fall.

They are used as indoor and greenhouse plants; In summer they can be located outdoors always in the shade and protected from the rain because it is not advisable for the leaves to get wet.

Peperomia caperata needs a well-lit exposure but no direct sun. The temperature must not be lower than 18ºC.

The soil can be a commercial houseplant substrate or a garden soil mixed with 1/3 heather soil and 1/3 coarse sand. The transplant is done in autumn or mid-winter; transplant every two years.

Water moderately, waiting until the substrate is completely dry. Water by immersion in lime-free water for one hour. The humidity must be high: place a plate with damp pebbles under the pot and periodically spray the leaves with lime-free water in summer.

Fertilize every 3 weeks in spring and summer with mineral fertilizer for indoor plants at half the usual dose.

Prune faded flowers.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated in spring by division and by stem or leaf cuttings.

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Peperomia caperata
Peperomia caperata
Peperomia caperata
Peperomia caperata Schumi
Peperomia caperata Schumi
 

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