Peperomia Caperata Plant
Caperata Peperomia is a tropical plant in the Piperaceae family that is commonly used as a houseplant in temperate climates. It is a tropical evergreen herbaceous shrub that is erect and bushy and grows up to 8″ tall. It is also epiphytic in the jungles of South America where it is native. This plant is decorative and deeply furrowed in nature, its heart-shaped leaves and cream-coloured, spiked inflorescence add interest to it. Leaf attachment is sub-peltate and this plant is commonly used as an interior specimen or a desktop plant.
The plant gets its common name from its wrinkled leaves, which are so dark they almost appear dark purple. It is easy to grow houseplants tolerant of indoor conditions. Because the plant is tolerant of low light for several months without stress. And it is intolerant of wet soil, very dry soil or very drafty sites. Because the plant prefers medium light, dry soil and medium to low relative humidity. It needs bright to medium light such as sun filtered through a thin curtain is ideal. It performs well with bright, fluorescent lights so is ideal for offices. And this is susceptible to root rot so use porous well-draining potting soil. This plant has no serious pest or disease problems.
As with all houseplants, looking at the way Peperomia caperata naturally grows gives us some basic care indications. This plant is naturally found in tropical rainforests in Brazil. In the home, this means it doesn’t appreciate low temperatures and will do well with relatively high humidity.
- Twice a weekly interval.
- The soil moisture should always be monitored to check the hydration level.
- Cannot tolerate too much water.
- Use any organic manures for their good growth.
- Use Farmyard manure, Vermicompost or application of Boon of water.
Plant Special Features
- Suitable for very small hedge or border.
- It is an ideal addition to a dish garden, offices, or terrarium.
- Non-toxic to cats, dogs, and people.
- Why are my Peperomia leaves drooping?
Various reasons can cause drooping of leaves in Peperomia. A sudden drop in temperature, exposure to draughts or spells of overwatering can cause drooping of leaves. But first, try to find out the actual cause and then change the position of your plant to adjust light and temperature and then change the watering schedule accordingly.
- Why is there a white patch on my Peperomia leaves and stem?
Using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Follow it up by washing the entire plant underwater to dislodge any stragglers and let the water drain completely in a bright area, Also the next day spray neem oil solution to prevent the bugs from coming back. Repeat this weekly for the next 2-3 weeks depending on the level of infestation.