Peperomia, Happy Bean 4”
Grown on site at Faith Greenhouses
Plant Care & Growth*:
Ideal temperatures of 65-75ºF (18-24ºC), and no lower than 50ºF (10ºC).
Bright light without direct sunlight is best suited, although a small amount of direct sun may not do any harm. Not enough light will cause the plant to lack growth.
Under-watering 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.
A peat-based soil is best used that drains well. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or sand is a good mix. The medium must drain well and be well aerated, but it requires some kind of water retention for the small roots to absorb nutrients.
Repot only when the plant has outgrown its current pot and only to the next size up. Remember the roots are very small and are not likely to fill most pots. Renewing the soil annually is good practice.
During spring - while the plant is growing use a diluted liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks, and once a month during summer. No feeding is required after summer until the next spring.
Normal room humidity should be fine. Increasing humidity with misting (during summer) and grouping the Peperomia with other plants, especially other peperomias is good practice. If you see signs of lack of humidity and dry air appearing, then make efforts to provide extra air moisture.
Taking leaf cuttings is the most common method of propagation. When leaf cuttings are taken, allowing a day for the wounds to dry out is good practice for replanting. Try to provide warm temperatures of about 20ºC (68ºF) with bright light and cover cuttings with plastic to encourage growth until you see the first appearance of growth.
Pinch out stem tips when the plant is overgrowing to keep it in shape. When pruning take cuttings for propagation.