Peperomia Sunrise is a tropical plant originating from Brazil, Central and South America. These plants are characterized by their beautiful big silvery leaves with pink or red undersides. The leaves grow in rosette formation on the main stem giving it a floral look. Peperomia Sunrise is compact and does not grow too big, making them suitable for desktop, tabletop, or benchtop plants that can fit in any space.
Peperomia plans are also called Radiator plants. Peperomia Sunrise plants are nontoxic and are completely safe for children and pets like cats and dogs.
Like all other peperomia varieties, Peperomia Sunrise blooms during Spring and summer seasons. It gives out scentless flowers on an elongated stalk. They bloom for a few weeks and then fall over by themselves.
Peperomias are pretty easy to care for plants. Almost all Peperomia varieties have the same care routine. Let’s look at their care in detail.
Peperomia or Radiator Plant Care Tips
Peperomias or Radiator plants do best in bright indirect sunlight. They can tolerate low light conditions and thrive well in fluorescent light, which makes these plants perfect low light plants. But long-term exposure to the low light condition can slow down their growth. In addition, providing them with too much bright light can cause the colour and variegations on the leaves to fade away. So, make sure that you keep them away from too much bright indirect light but also not leave them in low light for long.
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TEMPERATURE and HUMIDITY
As mentioned earlier, Peperomias are tropical plants, so the best temperature ranges between 13-24 degrees Celsius. Sunrise is a humidity loving plant. You can mist the plants during the summer season if the air is too dry, but average indoor humidity is fine.
Peperomia Sunrise possesses some semi-succulent properties and can tolerate dry conditions but not for long due to its shallow and fragile root system that can dry up very quickly. Always make sure that the soil remains moist but not soggy. Overwatering and underwatering can easily kill the plant, therefore, be very careful when watering them. Always check the soil first. If the topsoil feels dry up to a knuckle, only then water your plant. Also, don’t let the plant go bone dry as it will affect its growth. BOTTOM WATERING can be beneficial in reducing the risk of Over and under watering as the soil will soak only as much as it wants.
Peperomias are not heavy feeders. You can fertilize them with a weak dilution of liquid fertilizer once a month during Spring and summer. Fertilizing these plants can burn the roots and kill these plants easily. Weak Dilution of Seaweed solution or any Homemade Fertilizer will also be acceptable.
Peperomias are Semi succulent types of plants that would prefer Well draining soil mix. You can plant them in succulent potting mix or cacti soil mix. But I would recommend you to grow them in Peaty soil with some perlite or pumice or coarse sand in it. Peat moss will help retain moisture for a long time, whereas perlite will allow the excess water to drain away. Succulent soil mix gets dry pretty quickly, and you end frequently watering, which increases the chances of overwatering and root rot.
REPOTTING Peperomia Sunrise plant
Peperomia Sunrise loves to be root bound; therefore, do not repot them unless you see the roots peeping out through the drainage holes. Frequent repotting can damage the plant’s fragile root system and affect its growth as the plant will take time to adjust itself to the new soil conditions.
Peperomia Sunrise plant is quite a pest-resistant plant but can get attacked by fungus gnats. Keep an eye on your plant. Try neem oil solution or Baking soda solution, or Hydrogen Peroxide solution to get rid of those nasty pests.
Peperomia Sunrise Propagation Steps
Peperomia sunrise can be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. Propagating them during the spring season will give quick results. All you have to do is take the leaf or stem cutting and place it in water. Within 2-3 weeks, you will see the roots developing. Once the roots are well developed, transfer the cutting into the soil. You can place the cutting directly into the soil instead of keeping it in water. But you will not be able to monitor the growth of the roots. Propagating in water gives better and quick results than soil. This is from my own experience, but you can try whatever works for you well.
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