Peperomia Piccolo Banda is a semi-succulent popular houseplant native to the tropical rainforests of South America. This plant also called Peperomia Albovittata Piccolo Banda. The term “Alboviattata” means, “whitish silvery bands or stripes” that you can see on the plant’s leaves. Peperomia Piccolo Banda is commonly known as the “Peacock Plant” because of the beautiful colours and stripes on the almost oval leaves.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda is known for its attractive foliage. The leaves and stem are thick and fleshy because of being semi-succulent, and they give a bushy look. These are slow-growing plants with extremely low maintenance.
PEPEROMIA PICCOLO BANDA PLANT CARE
Peperomia Albovittata Piccolo Banda prefers to be in bright indirect sunlight. But they generally do well in low light conditions or under fluorescent lights. This makes Piccola Banda plant an excellent choice as an indoor plant in homes, offices etc. A North or East facing window will be the right spot for these plants. Peperomia piccolo’s direct exposure to sunlight can cause the leaves to fade and cause sunburns.
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Peperomia Piccolo Banda SOIL Requirements
Peperomia Piccolo Banda needs rich, well-drained soil. Acidic to neutral soil is suitable for them; therefore, use a peaty soil mix with added perlite and compost or worm castings in a ratio of 2:1. Peat moss will help retain the moisture level, and Perlite will help drain the excess water and better aeration whereas compost will provide nutrients to the soil.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda is semi succulents, they need minimal watering. They are drought-tolerant plants. Water them once a week or once in 2 weeks during the growing season and reduce in winters. Check the soil before watering your plant if the soil feels dry to touch up to a 1 cm or 1 finger knuckle, water your plant. Overwatering can cause the bottom leaves to turn yellow and fall, eventually causing root rot.
Feed Piccolo Banda plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Fertilizing in winters is not required.
TEMPERATURE and HUMIDITY
As Peperomia Piccolo Banda belongs to the tropical climate, they prefer to stay in warmer, humid climates. They are not frost tolerant plants. The ideal temperature for these plants is between 10- 24 degree Celsius. Average room humidity is fine for these plants, but if the air is dry in your place, you can mist the plant or keep it on top of a pebble tray with water. The humidifier will also help in maintaining the humidity levels in the air.
Pruning the Peperomia Piccolo Banda plant at the start of the spring season will help enhance the plant’s new and healthy growth; otherwise, the plant gets spindly as it grows bigger and gets unattractive.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda – TOXICITY
Peperomias are not toxic to children and pets (cats, dogs, etc.) but keep them away from young children and naughty pets because you do not want them to damage your expensive plant’s attractive foliage.
PESTS AND DISEASES
Peperomias are usually resistant to Pests and diseases. You can keep an eye on them to make no pests are attacking your plant. Neem oil spray has proved to be very effective in keeping the nasty pests away. Insecticidal soap solution can also help to rid of the pest infestation. You might face some other problems such as losing the bottom leaves, which could be due to Overwatering or Over-fertilizing or sudden temperature drop.
If you want to try readymade solution to deal with insects, try multipurpose insecticide spray which helps you to control insects like Aphids, Spider Mites, Japanese Beetles, Caterpillars, diseases like Fungicide controls Black Spot, Powdery Mildew.
In addition to the insecticide, you can also use these easy to use Sticky traps to attract flying inspects for indoor and outdoor plants. These insects traps are easy to use.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda PROPAGATION
Peperomias are very easy to propagate. They can be propagated through leaf cuttings or stem cuttings. You can propagate them in water as well as soil. I would recommend going with water propagation as you can see the root development. The success rate for me using water propagation is good.
Take a healthy root cutting and place it in the cup or glass of water. The roots should start developing in 10 to 15 days. Once the roots are formed, transfer the cutting in soil. Keep the soil moist till you see new growth.
You can do the same for soil propagation. Insert the cutting directly in the soil and keep the soil moist till you see new growth.
Always propagate in spring or summer for quick and better results.
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