Feature Plant: Peperomia

Feature Plant: Peperomia

Here’s one little guy who’s bound to make a big impact in your space. 

Meet the Peperomia and with so many varieties, the choices are endless. 

Here’s the low down:

Name: Peperomia 

Description:

Peperomia’s come from the Piperaceae family, which is commonly known as the Pepper Family. In fact the household everyday Black Pepper is a distant relative of the Peperomia as we know it. Due to the nature of their leaves, most species of Peperomia are a succulent.

Peperomias originate from tropical regions from around the globe, and there are over 1000 recorded species. 

Species dependant, their leaf shape and colour can be dramatically different but in general, they all feature thick, fleshy leaves which are great at storing water. Some species feature small, delicate leaves and some can boast leaf spans up to the size of a tennis ball. 

Most species of Peperomia have a vibrant or dark green appearance and can also possess a series of markings or silver flecks. Variegated species will have creams and whites woven into the foliage. 

Typically it’s their leaves that do the talking, feature wise, as the flowers on a Peperomia are not really anything to write home about. In fact, a lot of people tend to pinch them off as they come through which you can do without risk of hurting the plant.

Care:

Peperomias are an ideal house plant because of their low-maintence care but they can also tolerate an outside life. The best space for a

Peperomia is somewhere out of direct sunlight but as mentioned, their hearty nature means they withstand quite a bit.

Peperomia’s love a humid environment (they are from the tropics), making them ideal as a bathroom feature plants but generally they should do well in most household locations. If you do choose to place your Peperomia indirect light, make sure to rotate them regularly as they will begin to ‘lean’ towards the light.

Watering is simple, just go easy. Being a succulent, Peperomias prefer to be watered around every 7-10 days or when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch. Make sure your pot possesses good drainage and you should have a very happy, very healthy houseplant to share your space with.

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