Peperomia prostrata - String of Turtles
Peperomia prostrata - String of Turtles
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Peperomia prostrata - String of Turtles

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Peperomia prostrata is part of the Piperaceae family and its native range is Ecuador. Leaves are round and succulent that have a likeness to turtle shells. They form a thick mat of growth and will cascade over the sides of a pot.

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘peperi’ meaning pepper and ‘homoios’ meaning one with or the same as - this is in reference to how similar the plant looks to Piper nigrum (Black Pepper). Specific epithet is from ‘prostrate’ meaning ‘lying flat on the ground.’

Pot: ø 14cm.

Foliage: Approximately 25cm in length.

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.

Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Peperomia are prone to stem rot so bottom watering is ideal. They have thick, fleshy leaves that hold on to water. 

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings. Swapping orchid bark for horticultural sand would also work too.

Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 15-22˚C.

Humidity: Peperomia prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray, using a cloche or using a humidifier.

Peperomia are non-toxic.