Another cutie from the Piperaceae family, Peperomia prostrata is a small trailing plant with round succulent leaves which resemble turtle shells. This beauty is native to rainforests in Brazil. They form a thick mat of growth and will cascade over the sides of a pot.
Foliage: Approximately 25cm in length
Secrets to success
Temperature: Temperatures between 18°C and 24°C.
Light: Bright indirect light. Peperomia also thrive under indoor grow lights.
Water: Water from the base and don't over-water, they hate soggy soil. Allow soil to dry out slightly between watering's and water sparingly in winter. Never leave your plant sitting directly in water for long periods of time.
Air humidity: Moderate - 40-50%, place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to create more humidity. feed: Fertilise the plant once a month during spring and summer, using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
Re-potting: Re-pot in spring, only when the plant has outgrown its pot.
Re-pot to a slightly larger pot - anything too big would hold too much water and could cause root rot. Use a container with a drainage hole. Peperomia need a well draining soil.
Propagation: Take a stem cutting and lay on top of some well draining soil - the nodes will grow roots and eventually new vines.
This plant is non-toxic.