Peperomia caperata

Family: Piperaceae

Countries: Brazil, South America

There are various forms of Peperomia caperata plants available to purchase in garden centres and online.  Plants have handsome, fleshy leaves with deep set veins and their characteristic wrinkled foliage which adds welcome interest and texture to the home.  Leaf colours vary from silver, grey, glaucous blue and green tones, as well as green, red, orange, and variegated forms.

I’ve grown many forms of Peperomia caperata inside my terrariums and bottle gardens, where they usually adapt well and form much loved, long-term residents inside my enclosures.  Peperomia caperata is a very versatile plant, it’s a great choice of plant for a terrarium or bottle garden, but this Peperomia can also be grown in the traditional way, as a potted houseplant.

Peperomia caperata is a low maintenance plant that thrives in indirect light to low level lighting.  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 wants to be watered and then left until the soil around the plant’s roots has dried out a little, before it’s watered again.

To protect your plant and ensure its longevity, remember that Peperomia caperata plants thrive in warm homes.  Provide Peperomia caperata plants 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 near open fires and stoves.

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