Peperomia Clusiifolia is an ornamental, clumpy plant that originates from the tropics of Brazil, Central and South America. They are also found in West Indies and Venezuela. This plant is known for its beautiful oval-shaped thick waxy elongated leaves, dark green with dark red or pink margins/edges. The peperomia clusiifolia leaves grow thick on thick vertical stems that can store a lot of water in them. Peperomia Clusiifolia is an evergreen perennial houseplant that grows like a small bush-like Peperomia Obtusifolia (Baby Rubber Plant). Nowadays, these plants are very much in trend as small desktop, benchtop, or tabletop plants due to their compact, bushy evergreen nature.
Peperomia Clusiifolia blooms during Spring and Summer seasons. It produces spikes of greenish-white flowers. Some varieties of Peperomias such as Peperomia Clusiifolia and Peperomia Obtusifolia are straightforward to care for and can be a right choice for people without a green thumb, whereas other varieties are for experienced gardeners.
Peperomia Clusiifolia can be grown outdoors if the temperatures are below 10 Degrees Celsius.
peperomia clusiifolia care
Some of the care tips of Peperomia Clusiifolia include the following points:
Peperomias do best in bright indirect sunlight. They can tolerate low light conditions and thrive well in fluorescent light, making them perfect low light plants. But long-term exposure to low light conditions 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.
Peperomia Clusiifolia HUMIDITY and temperature requirements
As mentioned earlier, Peperomias are tropical plants, so the best temperature ranges between 13-24 degrees Celsius. However, Peperomia Clusiifolia is quite a hardy plant compared to other varieties and can tolerate temperatures lower than 10 degrees Celsius. In addition, they are humidity loving plants. You can mist the plants if the air is too dry during the summer season, but average indoor humidity is fine.
Peperomia Clusiifolia WATER Requirements
Peperomia Clusiifolia possesses semi-succulent properties and can tolerate dry conditions but not for long due to their 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 quickly 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, affecting 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.
FERTILIZING Peperomia Clusiifolia
Peperomias are not heavy feeders. You can fertilize them with a weak dilution of liquid fertilizer once a month during Spring and summer. Over 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.
peperomia clusiifolia soil Requirements
Peperomias are Semi succulent plants that would prefer a Well-drained soil mix. You can plant them in succulent potting mix or cacti soil mix. But I would recommend you 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 up frequently watering, increasing the chances of overwatering and root rot.
Peperomias 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 Clusiifolia is a hardy plant resistant to pest attack but can get fungus gnat infestation. Keep an eye on your plant. Try neem oil solution, baking soda solution, or Hydrogen Peroxide solution to get rid of those nasty pests.
peperomia clusiifolia’s are non-toxic and entirely safe for humans/children and pets (dogs, cats etc.)
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Peperomia Clusiifolia PROPAGATION
Peperomia Clusiifolia 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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