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Desert Privet

English Name

Peperomia Magnoliaefolia

Scientific Name

Description

Peperomia Magnoliaefolia is a house-plant that has thick variegated leaves rather like succulents. The plant's first leaves are plain green, as the plant grows, the cream markings and the variegated leaves appear.

Piperaceae

Family

55°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 8"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

Allow the plant to dry out between watering every 10 days in Summer, every 18 days in Winter.

Feeding

Feed once a month from mid Spring to Autumn at half strength.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring using peat-based potting compost in pots that are only a little larger than the plant is growing in at the present time.

Propagation

Propagate by leaf, leaf bud or stem cuttings in Spring or early Summer. They do better in small pots.

Cultivation

Peperomia prefers warm room though they will tolerate Winter temperature as low as 10°C if they are kept rather dry at the roots.

Tips

Pick off yellowed leaves. Prune or pinch upright or trailing kinds.

Care

Peperomia will get spindly and weak if light is too low. They are subject to crown rot in very moist conditions.

Decorate

Peperomias are good subjects for planting in bottle gardens, terrariums and in mixed arrangement in bowls. The trailing Peperomias are well suited in hanging baskets.

Humidity

They like humid atmosphere, spray twice a week in Summer and stand pot on wet pebbles for extra humidity.

Soil

Use soil less compost.



Did you know?

The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.