Peperomia Napoli Nights is a beautiful dark member of the Peperomia family with its amazing silver foliage. It is cute, stylish and fits almost everywhere as they do not reach enormous sizes.
Peperomia Napoli Nights are native to the Amazon basin in South America. These plants are a hybrid variety, slow growers and produce brightly coloured flowers spikes. The flowers are insignificant, though.
Peperomia Napoli Nights plant is completely non-toxic to pets (like cats and dogs) and humans.
Peperomia Napoli Nights Care
These plants prefer bright, indirect light. South, East, or West facing windows provide the best lighting options. Like most of the peperomia species, Napoli Nights can also do well under fluorescent light. But long-term exposure to dull light can cause slow growth of the plant.
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Temperature Requirements for Peperomia Napoli Nights Plant
Peperomia Napoli Nights do well in temperatures between 18-24 degreess Celsius. But temperatures lower than 10 degrees Celsius can affect plant growth. Do not keep the plant near cold drafts or Air conditioners.
Peperomias do love humidity as they belong to the tropics of the Amazon. You can mist the plant or place it on top of the pebble tray to provide moisture to the plant if the air is too dry. You can also invest in a humidifier to keep up the room humidity levels suitable for the plant to be happy.
Water your plant only once a week during the spring and summer. But always check the soil before watering. If the soil feels dry to touch up to a knuckle, then go ahead and water the plant, but if it feels moist, wait for some more days and reassess the soil again to see if it is dry. DO NOT OVERWATER THE PLANT as Overwatering can kill the plant. During warmer months, you can mist the plants. If the leaves are turning yellow or wilting, then it’s a sign of overwatering.
Fertilizing Peperomia Napoli Plant
Feed your plant with Liquid diluted fertilizer once a month during the growing season. There is no need to fertilize during the winter and autumn season.
Soil Requirements for Peperomia Napoli Nights Plant
Peperomia plants thrive in the well-draining soil mix. A combination of Peat moss, Perlite or coarse sand/ pumice in a ratio of 2:1 works well for these plants. You can also add compost or worm casting to enhance the nutritional value of the soil. Make sure that the pot has enough drainage holes to allow the excess water to seep through.
Peperomia Napoli Nights Maintenance
You can repot your peperomia Napoli Nights every 3 to 4 years to change the soil as these plants are slow growers. But if your Peperomia is growing well, then you can repot your plant. As they grow, Peperomias tend to become leggy. Therefore, to maintain their bushy look, you can prune them from the top to initiate side growth.
Pests and Diseases
Peperomia Napoli Nights is quite resistant to pests and diseases, but still, you must keep an eye on your plant to make sure they are not infested by nasty indoor plant pests such as mealybugs, scales, aphids and spider mites. The lower leaves of the plant tend to fall over, and that is very normal. But if the plant loses lots of leaves, it could be due to overwatering or underwatering, temperature drop, or over-fertilizing.
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 Napoli Nights 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 to see the root development, and the success rate is good (Personal Experience).
Take a healthy root cutting and place it in a cup or glass of water. The roots should start developing in 10 to 15 days. Once the roots are formed, transfer the cutting to the 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.
Please let me know any challenges in caring for and propagating Napoli Nights in the comments section.
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