Peperomia Pepperspot is one of the lesser-known of the 1000 plus Peperomia varieties. Pepperspot is easy to take care of, especially for beginners.
The Peperomia Pepperspot, [pep-er-ROH-mee-uh PEH-pr-spaat] has glossy, green leaves and a red tinged stem.
The stems are long and soft, intertwining with each other for a unique look. It is an ideal succulent type plant for small spaces in need of a little liveliness.
Peperomia Pepperspot Care
Size and Growth
When growing Pepperspot, it can take years to mature. At full size, the plant stands at around 12″ inches tall.
Pepperspot needs the most care during the spring through the summer growing season.
Flowering and Fragrance
Pepperspot Peperomia has no fragrance. Flowers appear on long spikes and point upright. The spikes look somewhat like a tail when they do.
Light Conditions and Temperature
Native to the Amazon, Pepperspot grows underneath the cover of the canopy. It likes bright indirect light.
Direct sunlight may fade the leaves’ markings. Keep Pepperspot in partial shade away from the summer afternoon sun.
Without enough light, the plant gets leggy and stretches towards an available light source. Prune it back before moving it to a brighter area.
Keep Pepperspot away from cold temperatures. It likes humidity, so misting during the summer can be beneficial.
Peperomias earned the name ‘radiator plant’ but do not place them on a radiator. They can dry out and become damaged.
Temperatures from 65° – 80° degrees are ideal for Peperomia Pepperspot. It loves humidity but does not need it to survive.
Watering and Feeding
Like other native plants in the rainforest, Peperomia Pepperspot appreciates a good watering. Overwatering is easy.
Let the soil dry out before watering. Make sure you are growing in a well-draining pot. Pepperspot hates sitting in soggy soil.
During the growing season, feed Pepperspot a diluted liquid fertilizer once every three to four weeks. Do not fertilize during the winter months.
A 10-10-10 water-soluble plant food works well, do not overfeed the plant.
Potting Soil and Transplanting
Peperomia needs a loose, well-draining soil. An orchid mix or a standard potting mix with extra perlite and peat moss are excellent options.
As far as transplanting goes, this plant prefers to be root-bound. When it needs a new pot, select one 1″-2″ inches bigger than its current container. Re-pot in the early spring.
Grooming and Maintenance
Removing dead growth and damaged leaves. Peperomia plants do well with pruning, to keep it looking how you want it.
Peperomia Pepperspot care is straightforward, which makes them excellent hanging basket plants for newbies. Do not over or underwater. Keep it in a bright spot. Pepperspot will thrive without much other maintenance.
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How To Propagate Peperomia Pepperspot
Peperomia Pepperspot is one of the easier plants to propagate.
- Take a stem cutting with a few leaves
- Put it in a glass of water
- Let the cutting grow until the roots are around two inches long
- The plant will be ready to pot
Another method is to:
- Take half leaves dip them in rooting hormones
- Place cut half leaves in soil
- After a while, small shoots will start to appear.
- This method will need more than one cutting since some might not take
Peperomia Pepperspot Pests or Diseases
The most frequent issue with Peperomia Pepperspot is the risk of root rot from overwatering. The leaves turn squishy when overwatered. Water only when it needs it.
Overwatering may cause Pythium, a fungus that can kill a healthy plant fast.
Dropping leaves also indicate overwatering. It can also mean that it does not have enough water.
Leaves dropping is also a regular occurrence as the plant produces new growth.
There is no need to worry unless lots of leaves drop from different parts of the plant.
A big worry for houseplant owners is toxicity. Fortunately, Peperomia Pepperspot is non-toxic to both humans and animals.
Another likely but rare problem is bugs. Inspect the plant for mold or white cotton masses underneath the leaves or on the stems.
These masses indicate that there are succulent mealybugs present. Treat the infestation with Neem oil or insecticidal soap.
Nutrient deficiency is also a possible issue. This lack of nutrients can be due to too much watering or a growth medium that is acidic.
Too much sun can also cause yellow leaves. This problem can also show up as burnt patches on the edges and tips. Move the plant to a location with less light.
Regardless of the possible issues, this plant may develop, it is quite hardy and resilient.
The appearance of black spots needs attention immediately. Quarantine the plant and remove the infection right away.