Peperomia Dependens

Description

Peperomia dependens is a species of flowering plant in the pepper family. This species was first scientifically described by Ruiz & Pav. in 1798.

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Peperomia Dependens Care

Overview

Humidity
50% - 60%
Light
Medium (Light - Indirect)
Soil
Mix soil
Temperature
15 - 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

Normal room humidity should be fine. Increasing humidity with misting (during summer) and grouping the Peperomia Dependens.

Light

Your Peperomia Dependens will be happiest in medium to bright indirect light. Do not allow direct sun to hit the foliage. They can tolerate lower light as well, and can even adapt to fluorescent lighting.

Soil

A peat based soil is best used that drains well. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or sand is a good mix. Other mixes will work well, but the main point is for the medium to drain well and be well aerated.

Temperature

Warm temperatures between 60°-80°F (15.6°-26.7°C) are best. Temperatures below 50°-55° F (10°-12.8°C) and cold drafts from windows and doors damage Peperomia Dependens plant leaves.

Watering

Underwatering will cause wilting and overwatering can seriously harm the plant, causing plant rot. Water when the soil has become dry and then water thoroughly. During the winter water much less. Better to water less than overwater as the effects of less watering are easily resolved.

Fertilizing

There 's no need to fertilize your Peperomia Dependens, but you can fertilize your plant in the spring or summer if you 'd like it to grow a little faster. Use any fertilizer made for indoor plants and follow the directions on the packaging. Leach the plant in summer by flushing with water to remove the salts left behind by fertilization.

Propagation

An easy method to propagate is to take a few centimeters of stem tip cuttings. Remove a tip (petiole) with about 5 - 8 cm of tip with one or two leaves on it. Plant the cutting in a very small pot with fresh potting mix that's moist and try to provide warm temperatures of about 20ºC (68ºF), and plenty of bright light (warmth and light is the key to success). You may want to use a rooting hormone on the cut being planted.