Peperomia Graveolens

Peperomia Graveolens – Everything You Need to Know

Peperomia graveolens is also known as Glow Peperomia or Ruby Peperomia. It is a perennial succulent that is easy to please. Once you can provide the right growing conditions for this succulent, you barely need to maintain it routinely. This makes Glow Peperomia perfect for offices. You can keep the succulent pot on a desk or shelf, and you do not have to worry about leaves dropping and creating a mess like most houseplants.

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Besides the ornamental foliage of Peperomia graveolens, the tiny, yellowish-white flowers that grow on long racemes are a sight to behold.

In this post, you’ll get to know about the best practices when it comes to caring for and propagating Peperomia graveolens.

Description

Glow Peperomia is native to the southwestern parts of Ecuador like Azuay, El Oro, and Loja. Just until recently, Glow Peperomia was pretty expensive and scarce for many succulent collectors to find. But thanks to recent developments on plant tissues, Glow Peperomia is now mass-produced and well distributed across the globe.

Peperomia graveolens has fleshy foliage and a hollow canoe shape. The thick, waxy stems of Glow Peperomia are bright and sturdy, so they can resist drought and harsh weather conditions.

Glow Peperomia grows like a shrub in that new branches emerge from the main stem. If nurtured properly, this succulent can grow as high as 20cm and as wide as 15cm.

The flowers of the Peperomia graveolens appear during the spring months, and they have thin spikes, which makes them quite different from the flowers of most succulents. Also, the flowers shoot out from the middle of the branches and have a weird smell like that of urine.

Tips for Caring for Peperomia Graveolens

The following tips will help you to care for your Peperomia graveolens succulents:

Soil and Transplanting

If you are planting your Peperomia graveolens during the summer, ensure that the soil is moist. Also, ensure that the soil is well-draining so your succulents do not become waterlogged and the roots damaged. You can add peat moss to the soil to improve its drainage capacity.

For your Peperomia graveolens to be rich in nutrients, you need to add organic compost as topdressing to the soil.

The best potting mix for Glow Peperomia is a combination of perlite and coarse sand in a 1:1 ratio.

If you want to repot your Glow Peperomia, it is best to do it during the spring when the plant is actively growing. Do not forget to change the old potting mix with a revitalized one.

Temperature, Light, and Humidity

Since Peperomia graveolens originates from Ecuador, you should grow it in a warmer environment. The succulent will not survive under a temperature that is below 12 degrees Celsius.

Even if the soil dries out quickly, you should keep the succulent in a place where it can receive an ample amount of sunlight. If you are growing your Peperomia graveolens indoors, the best location to keep the pot is close to an east-facing window. If the indoor light is not enough to grow your Glow Peperomia, consider getting a grow light.

Watering and Feeding

Have a rigid watering schedule for your Peperomia graveolens, and ensure the top layer of the soil is dry before resuming watering. Cut back on your watering rate during the winter because the succulent is dormant during this period.

If you notice a waxy coating on the leaves of your Peperomia graveolens that is a sign of overwatering. But note that light shedding of the bottom leaves is normal for this succulent. But if the leaf dropping is intense, you should consider applying fertilizers or adjusting the temperature conditions to a more favorable level.

Also, your Peperomia graveolens succulents may experience intense leaf shedding if the pot they are placed in does not have adequate drainage to facilitate drying.

A great quality of Glow Peperomia is its ability to withstand high and low humidity levels, even though it is endemic to tropical areas.

When it comes to feeding your Peperomia graveolens, using just about any fertilizer will not suffice. You have to use a succulent fertilizer with the label “8-8-8, or 10-10-10 formula”. Also, apply only half the recommended quantity, so your succulent does not grow out of proportion.

Grooming

When the Peperomia graveolens is actively growing, you may have to prune it regularly to stay in shape.

The leaves and foliage of the Glow Peperomia plant grow in varying shapes and sizes, which may not exactly be attractive. Some of the leaves appear to be pale, while others are fleshy, depending on their color shade.

If you are trimming the succulent, it is best to begin with the bottom leaves since they are quite fragile compared to the top part of the plant.

How to Propagate Peperomia Graveolens

The easiest way to propagate Peperomia graveolens is from stem cuttings. To use this propagation technique, cut several stems with flowers. The stems should be mature and about 4 inches long.

Keep the cuttings in a dry and warm place for about a week or two so that the cuts can heal. When the cuts are healed, plant the cuttings in a potting mix of perlite and peat moss in a 1:1 ratio.

You can dip the bottom of the cuttings in a rooting hormone to fast the growth process. Water the cuttings when the soil is dry and keep them away from direct sunlight.

You can also propagate your Peperomia graveolens from leaf cuttings. This propagation technique requires a whole, fleshy leaf. Hold your desired leaf with your thumb and forefinger, and wiggle it back and forth until it detaches from the parent plant.

Allow the leaf-cutting to dry for a few days before dipping it into a rooting hormone. After that, place the leaf on the soil.

Do not water the cuttings until tiny roots begin to appear. The roots should spring up in three or four times weeks under the right weather conditions. Wait the soil to dry out before continuing your watering schedule.

Finally, replant the new Peperomia graveolens once the roots appear.

Common Problems with Peperomia Graveolens

The most common problem you will have to grapple with is the adverse effects of overwatering and under-watering. If you overwater this succulent, the root will start to rot and the plant may eventually die if nothing is done quickly.

On the other hand, if the leaves of the Peperomia graveolens are looking pale or dry, it means the plant is suffering from under-watering. You need to increase your watering frequency, otherwise, the plant may die from dehydration.

If the leaves of your Glow Peperomia are covered with dark spots, you should look out for pests such as spider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs.

Dip a cotton ball in alcohol. Rub it on the affected areas every day for about two weeks to heal the leaves. You can also get a specially formulated insecticide to get rid of these insects.

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