Peperomia obtusifolia Variegata is the most popular ornamental, herbaceous indoor house plant. It has fleshy, glossy, round to oval-shaped variegated leaves. The multicoloured leaves of the Peperomia obtusifolia Variegata come in shades of dark green, olive green and creamy white. The white flower spikes are narrow, long and upright, resembling a rat’s tail. The plant blooms during late spring and early autumn.
Scientific Name: Peperomia obtusifolia Variegata
Common Names: Variegated Baby Rubber Plant.
How to grow and maintain Peperomia obtusifolia Variegata:
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 grows well in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil or a peat based soil is best, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or sand is a good mix.
It prefers ideal temperatures of 65ºF – 75ºF / 18-24ºC and no lower than 59ºF / 15ºC.
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 in the spring and summer with a diluted liquid fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the winter season.
It can be easily propagated by stem tip cuttings (Take cuttings in spring or early summer), leaf cuttings and plant division.
Variegated Baby Rubber Plants can be pruned anywhere along the stem. If stems and leaves begin overgrowing you can pinch out the top of certain stems to stop growth, otherwise, they begin to grow spindly and out of shape in appearance. New growth develops from the nodes just below the cut in the stem.
Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Watch for mealybugs, spider mites, and whitefly. Leaf spots may occur. Susceptible to root rot if soils are kept too moist.