Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’

Family: Piperaceae

Countries: Brazil, South America

Let me introduce you to Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’.  This peperomia’s leaves are an attractive rich maroon colour with deep grooves and wrinkles that give the leaves added depth and texture.

There are so many types of Peperomia available.  Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ is an adaptable plant that can be grown inside a terrarium or bottle garden, but this Peperomia can also be grown in the traditional way, as a potted houseplant.

Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ is a low maintenance plant that thrives in fairly bright but indirect light, all the way down to low level lighting and shaded conditions.  This Peperomia succeeds when it’s grown under artificial light in offices or basements.  Avoid placing your plant on a south-facing window sill or conservatory – keep this plant away from harsh or bright, direct light, which will scorch the plant’s leaves.

Another thing to avoid is overwatering, Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ wants to be watered and then left until the top layer of soil has dried out a little, before the plant is watered again.  It’s important to get the balance, as Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ doesn’t want to wait too long before it’s watered and these plants aren’t prepared to sit in dry compost for long without being adversely affected.

To protect your plant and ensure its longevity, remember that Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ plants thrive in warm homes.  Provide Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ with a minimum temperature of 15C (59F).  When deciding where to place your plant, choose an area that’s away from cold draughts and exterior doors, and avoid growing Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’ near open fires and stoves.

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