One of the numerous species of Peperomia available as houseplants, P. pereskiifolia comes from Venezuela and Colombia. This particular species has a lush growth of smooth mid-green leaves, which are widely spaced – by as much as 12.5cm (5in) -along the long, weak stems. They grow in whorls around each stem, and the leaves on each whorl may vary considerably in size; the largest being about 5cm (2in) long with sharply-pointed tips. The flowers which appear protrude well above the level of the plant’s leaves and are typical of the group – long and relatively uninteresting spikes of pale green.
To obtain an attractive and leafy display like that shown, it is necessary to cram several plants together into one pot.
Use this smooth-leaved Peperomia to bring welcome relief among the numerous wrinkled and variegated types, or as a front-line plant at the base of a much larger display of. Peperomia pereskiifolia is an excellent plant for interior window-box plantings, and is also a useful evergreen and healthy choice for less-well-lit corners.
Grow this Peperomia at a minimum temperature of 13°C (55°F), and try to provide between 21° and 24°C (70° and 75°F) during Summer for the best growth.
Provide Peperomia pereskiifolia with good, bright, but indirect, light: keep it well out of any direct sunshine in Summer.
Water this plant well during Summer, ensuring that thedries out before the next watering. In Winter, keep it almost dry, giving just enough moisture to keep the leaves turgid.
This Peperomia will benefit from a high degree of humidity around it during the growing season, and at the recommended temperatures. Stand Peperomia pereskiifolia on a tray of moisture-retentive pellets, making sure that the plant itself is not standing in any water.
Established plants can be fed every three months during the growing season, using foliage houseplant food at half strength.
Repot overcrowded specimens in Spring, before new growth is apparent, and use a free-draining, peat-based compost. If the root system is small, choose a pan rather than a pot, as this will help to reduce the risk of root rot.
As with all Peperomia,are easily rooted during the growing season: place a leaf (with the stem still attached) in a glass of water and await the emergence of roots. When the roots begin to appear, pot-up the leaf and keep well watered until the cutting has established.
Pests and diseases: Few pest or diseases appear to trouble this plant.
Sudden leaf loss: in Winter indicates that temperatures are too low: a minimum of 13°C (55°F) is recommended. During Summer, leaf drop will occur if the humidity level is too low.