Peperomia pseudovariegata var. sarcophylla

Peperomia pseudovariegata var. sarcophylla

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Peperomia pseudovariegata var. Sarcophylla is part of the Piperaceae family. The native range of this variety is Colombia to Ecuador and it grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. It has a compact growth habit and fleshy, glossy leaves with striking venation. This plant is able to be propagated through leaf or stem cuttings. 

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). The specific epithet is derived from the ancient Greek words sarx, meaning ‘flesh’ and phyllon, meaning ‘leaf’.

Pot: ø 15cm.

Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot. 

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: 18-26˚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.