Identify my houseplant? Peperomia Caperata-red hybrid
Can you please identify my plant?
Your plant is called a Peperomia caperata – red hybrid.
Here are some care tips.
Light: Peperomia Plants grow best in bright indirect light provided by a west or east facing, window. They also do well under florescent lights. Insufficient light causes the slow growing Peperomia to stop growing all together. Direct sunlight burns the leaves of Peperomia Plants.
Water: Allow the top 50% of the soil in a Peperomia Plant to dry out before watering. Over-watering is the main cause of serious Peperomia Plant problems. Root – RotLearn what causes root-rot in houseplants and how to prevent it. is the direct result of over–watering. Peperomia Plants do well when watered from the bottom. This technique keeps water off of the leaves and helps prevent plant diseases. The thick leaves of a Peperomia Plant hold water and allow it to withstand long periods without moisture.
fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Fertilize a Peperomia Plant monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. It’s not necessary to feed a Peperomia Plant in the fall and winter.
Temperature: Warm temperatures between 60-80 degrees are best for a Peperomia Plant. Temperatures below 50-55 degrees and cold drafts from windows and doors damage the leaves of a Peperomia Plant.
Humidity: Peperomia Plants are from the rain forests of Brazil and like a humid environment.
Flowering: Peperomia Flowers are small and inconsequential, growing atop tall stalks. It’s the leaves of a Peperomia Plant that are often more interesting.
You can read more about different varieties of Peperomia Plants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.