Peperomia: Greenhouse Plants
W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F) / T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
The nice things about these plants is that as they are mostly small a good collection can be grown without taking up too much space. The most important thing to remember is that they cannot stand being overwatered and will quickly rot at the roots and die. In the wild they would grow in shallowperhaps around the trunks and roots of trees. A well-drained peat-based will suit them best. They will grow much faster in tropical conditions but will grow adequately in a warm house. The common name of Pepper Elder will do for them all but probably the most commonly grown is Peperomia caperata with its crinkly leaves and long creamy flower spikes held well above the leaves. This can be propagated by or of short stems. The variegated form cannot be grown from leaf cuttings as they will always revert to green. P. obtusifolia ‘Variegeta’ has quite hectic variegation of greens, yellow and cream and often goes wrongly under the name of P. magnoliafolia ‘Variegata’ which has much longer leaves. P. sandersii (P. argyreia) from Brazil has heart-shaped leaves with attractive bands of green and silver which have given it the name Watermelon Peperomia. The one with the most attractive flowers is P. resediflora from Colombia. P. incana from Brazil is unusual in having long shoots with leaves covered in white hairs giving it a silvery appearance. There are many others, all sufficiently different from each other to make a very attractive group.