Peperomia caperata "Schumi red” is one of over 1000 varieties of Peperomia, most of which are native to Central and South America. This variety is unique for its deep red colour, which is accentuated by the deep spines on its leaves. All Peperomia plants, which belong to the Piperaceae family are semi-succulents with similar care requirements. The most common are Peperomia caperata, obtusifolia and rotundifolia.
Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot
This plant is non-toxic.
How do you care for Peperomia caperata?
Care for Peperomia caperata by keeping in warm conditions, above 16°C all year. Anything lower and damage to leaves will occur. Keep the plant in bright, in-direct light. A west or east facing window is ideal but be aware that direct sunlight will burn leaves.
How often should you water Peperomia?
When watering Peperomia caperata, allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering further. Overwatering will cause damage to the plant. A good technique is to water from the bottom rather than directly onto the plant. Water less in winter.
Is Peperomia caperata an indoor plant?
Peperomia caperata is an ideal indoor plant that also thrives under grow lights, making it a good choice for offices.
Should I mist my Peperomia caperata?
You can mist Peperomia caperata frequently or place the plant on a watered pebble tray in order to keep its environment humid.
How long does it take to propagate Peperomia caperata?
Peperomia caperata is easily propagated from leaf cuttings, stem tip cuttings and plant division. Be sure to allow the cut ends of the Peperomia leaves or stems being used for propagation to dry out for several hours or overnight before planting them.
How do you revive a dying Peperomia caperata?
In order to revive a dying Peperomia caperata you must ascertain what is causing the plant to suffer. You may be able to revive the plant by adjusting its living conditions, such as increasing or decreasing watering or adjusting the amount of light it receives. If the plant is suffering from root rot, then you may need to repot to revive it.
Re-pot Peperomia caperata to the next size container when the roots of the plant have filled the existing pot. Planting Peperomia in a pot that is too large prevents the soil from drying out quickly and causes root rot.
Why are my Peperomia caperata leaves curling?
Curling leaves on a Peperomia caperata are generally a sign that the plant needs more water, or to be placed in a more humid environment. Another symptom is leaves turning brown.