Peperomia caperata (Emerald ripple peperomia) is an evergreen perennial, ornamental houseplant growing up to 8 inches tall and wide. It has heart-shaped, dark green leaves up to 4 cm long with a corrugated surface, the green of leaves tend to look almost black in the base of the corrugations. The leaf-stalk of Peperomia caperata is red or pink. During the Summer, narrow white flower spikes are produced. The plant gets its common name from its wrinkled green leaves, which are so dark they almost appear purple. It is very easy to grow at indoor.
Scientific Name: Peperomia caperata
Common Name: Emerald ripple peperomia
How to grow and maintain Peperomia caperata:
It thrives well in bright light, but no direct sun. Best indoor location is a north or east facing the window. Thrives under fluorescent lights.
It prefers humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil or porous potting soil.
It requires ideal room temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C -24°C. Avoid temperatures below 60°F.
Water moderately but consistently during the growing season, Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Allow the top one inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering during the winter season.
Fertilize your plant monthly from spring to fall with the diluted liquid fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the winter season.
It can be easily propagated by division in spring or by leaf cuttings. Take leaf cuttings with a little bit of stem, dip in rooting hormone, put the leaf and stem in compost, water well and cover with a plastic bag. Evacuate the plastic bag once in a while to prevent the leaves from rotting. New plants will begin from the base of the leaves.
Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Look for mealybugs, spider mites, and whitefly. Leaf spots may occur. Susceptible to rot if soils are kept too moist. Wetness and cold winter temperatures must be avoided.