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Peperomia

Origin

The Peperomia originates from the Amazon in South America. In the wild they like to grow under a tree where it is nice and warm and shady. The Peperomia comes from a family of about 500 species of ornamental leaf plants, these are also related to the peppers. The Peperomia is an easy houseplant and ideal for people who do not yet have green fingers as the Peperomia requires little care. In Dutch, the Peperomia has several names: swanweed, dwarf pepper, rat's tail or crocodile oil.

Watering

The Peperomia does not need a lot of water, once a week will be enough. This is because the Peperomia can store water just like succulents, so it does not need much water, this applies to both winter and summer periods.

Spraying

The Peperomia does not necessarily have to be sprayed, but you can do this to prevent / remove any dust build-up.

Pitch

The Peperomia prefers to be in a bright spot, but certainly not directly in the sunlight. For the Peperomia it is easy to determine whether the plant is in good condition, in general it is: the more variegated the leaf, the lighter the plant should be.

Minimum temperature

During the day 15 ° C

At night 12 ° C

Nutrition

The Peperomia can be fed once a month.

Repotting

The Peperomia does not grow quickly and will therefore not be ready for a new pot. We recommend repotting the Peperomia once every 3 years.

Pruning

The Peperomia does not grow fast, but it can also become (too) large. If you prefer a smaller, more compact plant, cut the stems. This will cause the Peperomia to branch out.

Toxic

The Peperomia is not toxic to people and pets, but we never recommend eating leaves.

Diseases

Leaf loss in the Peperomia: this is usually due to an excessive or too frequent change in temperature or the Peperomia has too little nutrition.

Cotton Louse: Peperomia is susceptible to cotton louse, so be aware of a cottony white mass on the underside of the leaves.

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