Peperomia Frost Care: How To Grow Silver Frost Peperomia Plants

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Peperomia caperata frost is a cultivar of the Peperomia (pep-er-ROH-mee-uh) branch of the Piperaceae plant family.

The family of these perennial plants originally hail from the West Indies, South America, and Mexico. It also grows abundantly in the Brazilian rainforest.

Attractive foliage of Silver Frost PeperomiaPin
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There are over a thousand Peperomia types and species, and all are close relatives of the Piper nigrum, or true black pepper plant.

The genus name, Peperomia, is a combination of the Greek words meaning “resembling pepper” – peperi homoios. This particular cultivar is commonly called Peperomia Frost.

Common names:

  • Peperomia caperata ‘Frost’
  • Silver Frost Peperomia
  • Silver Peperomia
  • Frost Peperomia
  • Silver leaf peperomia

In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about proper peperomia frost care. So, read on to learn more.

Silver Frost Peperomia Plants Quick Care Tips

  • Botanical Name: Peperomia Frost
  • Common Name(s): Frost Peperomia
  • Synonyms: N/A
  • Family & Origin: Piperaceae family, native to the West Indies, South America, and Mexico
  • Growability: Easy to grow
  • Grow Zone: USDA zones 10-12
  • Size: Grows up to 6″ inches to 1′ foot high and wide
  • Flowering: Produces small white flowers on spikes
  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light
  • Humidity: Enjoys high humidity levels
  • Temperature: Thrives in temperatures between 60-75°F
  • Soil: Well-draining soil
  • Water: Water when the top inch of soil is dry; avoid overwatering
  • Fertilizer: Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer every other week during the growing season
  • Pests & Diseases: Susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites, can also be affected by root rot if overwatered
  • Propagation: Propagated through stem tip cuttings or leaf cuttings
  • Plant Uses: Great for adding texture and interest to indoor spaces, it can also be used in terrariums or mixed planters.

Peperomia Frost Plant Care 

Size and Growth

Frost Peperomia is a beautiful Peperomia caperata ripple type with green leaves, a frost covering, and dark green veins similar to watermelon peperomia. Foliage, like Peperomia Rosso, is the main calling card for this plant.

  • These plants are considered epiphytes that may grow to be 6″ inches to 1′ foot high and wide.
  • Silver Frost plant makes an attractive stand-alone houseplant or a perfect addition to a terrarium.

Flowering and Fragrance

The Peperomia Frost flower is small and spiky, adding a delicate touch to the overall appearance of the plant.

Silver Frost plant may produce spikes throughout the growing season.

Peperomia Frost plant with variegated leaves.Pin

Peperomia Frost Light Requirements and Temperature

Peperomia likes bright indirect light. Direct sunlight can be harmful, so avoid it. These houseplants like a west, east, or south-facing window.

They do best with consistently high temperatures of 65º to 75º degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t allow the temperature to drop below 50º degrees Fahrenheit.

In USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12, the Pep frost plant can be kept outdoors year-round.

Watering and Feeding

As with most houseplants, you should be more concerned about overwatering Frost Peperomia than underwatering. Let the soil dry fairly thoroughly, and then provide a deep watering.

Allow water to run through the drainage holes, and do not allow the plant to sit in water.

Reduce watering during the winter months. Only water when the leaves begin to look a bit droopy.

These tropical plants do like a humid environment. During warm weather, mist daily and set your plants on a pebble tray with a bit of water at the bottom. You can also use a humidifier.

The water will evaporate and provide humidity for your plants.

Don’t fertilize your Peperomia Silver Frost during the winter. Early in the spring and throughout the growing season, fertilize every other week with a half-strength solution of good houseplant fertilizer.

peperomia frost Soil and Transplanting

Silver Frost Peperomia prefers well-aerated and well-draining soil. However, it also prefers a soilless potting mix made up of one part sand or perlite and two parts peat.

Remember, the most important qualities of this are good drainage and aeration. You can achieve a high-quality soil mix by using orchid bark, perlite, pumice, and peat moss.

Adding organic manure will also help improve moisture retention.

When you are repotting Peperomia silver leaf, don’t overdo it. Just move up to the next size pot when your compact plant becomes rootbound.

Peperomia does better with less root space. A shallow pot is a better choice than a deep one.

Grooming and Maintenance

For proper frost peperomia care, these plants require minimal pruning. Pinch back spindly stems as needed to help your plant maintain a full, bushy shape.

Also, don’t forget to remove damaged or dead leaves to maintain their tidy and attractive appearance.

Moreover, keep your Frost Peperomia away from cold drafts or any drastic temperature swings because it may result in the loss of leaves.

How to Propagate Peperomia Frost

Peperomia frost propagation can be done by rooting stem tip cuttings or leaf cuttings. Just cut a healthy stem with a couple of healthy leaves using sterilized sharp scissors.

You can dip the end of the stem in the rooting hormone if you wish.

Plant the leaf petiole or stem cutting in a small container with a clean, new, moist potting mix. Place it in an area with bright, indirect sunlight and a consistent temperature of about 68º Fahrenheit.

Keep the potting medium very slightly moist, but don’t overwater, as this will cause rot. When the cutting begins to show new growth, you can repot it to a slightly larger pot.

Another propagation method to create new Silver Peperomia plants you can use is removing the pups or offsets and potting each one separately.

Frosted Peperomia Pest or Disease Problems

When well-cared for and not overwatered, Peperomia has very few pest or disease problems.

If overwatered, overcrowded, or not given enough light and air circulation, they may be susceptible to:

  • Spider Mites
  • Mealybugs
  • White Fly

Related: Learn More about Controlling Peperomia Pests

Ensure to identify these bugs and use insecticidal soap, alcohol, or neem oil to eliminate them.

Excessive watering may also cause root rot and leaf spot, which shows up as brown spots on leaves. Another common problem for the Peperomia plant is legginess.

Is Frost Peperomia Considered Toxic or Poisonous?

This member of the pepper family is not toxic, but it is also not considered edible. Provide reasonable protection from tampering by curious pets and kids.

Related: Is Peperomia Safe for Cats?

Is Frost Considered Invasive?

This delicate tropical houseplant is not invasive.

Suggested Uses For Silver Peperomia

Like all of its thousands of cousins, the Pepperomia frost plant is a delightful houseplant that does very well in bright, warm locations throughout the home.

In tropical settings, it can be kept outdoors as a bedding or container plant year-round.

In areas with warm, humid summers, it can be kept outdoors during the warm months and brought in during the winter.

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