Pepperomia comes in many varieties, sizes and colours, from green to pink. The plants have great decorative value thanks to the shape and colouring of the leaves, which can be small and luxuriant, long and pointy or robust, in full bush shape. They purify the air at the same time and some varieties produce tiny flowers on tall stems.
Peperomia is a genus which is a member of the Piperaceae family and is related to pepper. Hence the name: Peperomia means 'resembles peppers’. It’s a large group of plants comprising more than 1500 species, which mainly come from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. They are often herbaceous plants, shrubs or climbers with fairly unspectacular flowers, which are usually spikes which resemble a tail. Peperomia is particularly about the decorative leaf shapes, colours and markings. Because they come in many varieties and colours they look particularly good grouped together. Supplied in a 5cm pot
PLANTING AND CARE
Peperomia don't like to be cleaned as this damages their leaves, so please don't use leaf shine!
The plants have semi-succulent properties, which means that they are able to store moisture in their fleshy stems or leaves to fall back on in times of need. This makes them particularly suitable for those with not so green fingers! Water once a week and avoid standing water. Plant food once every 4 weeks is recommended to keep the plants looking good for a long time.
Peperomias are 'easy care' and require little looking after. Choose a spot which is preferably light but not in full sun. Generally the more variegated the leaf, the lighter the plant’s position must be. In spring and summer Peperomia can be placed both indoors and outdoors, provided that the temperature remains above 12-15°C.
Peperomia can be pruned in early spring. Remove the ends of shoots so that new shoots form and the plant looks fuller, especially important if you are planting in a terrarium.