Peperomia

The peperomias all like warm, humid conditions and thrive in a temperature of around 21°C. (70°F.) in summer and 13 to 16°C. (55 to 60°F.) in winter. All are grown primarily for their foliage, always attractive in shape and often variegated as in Peperomia sandersii, which has leaves striped silver and green, and P. magnoliaefolia variegaia with cream and green leaves. P. caperata has interesting dark green crinkly leaves.

Peperomias need shade in summer and plenty of water, both at the roots and in the atmosphere. They are ideal plants for placing at the front of the staging or underneath the staging where there is glass to the floor. In winter they need full light and less moisture, but they should never be dry.

Propagation

Most peperomias can be increased by cuttings using either a single leaf or a piece of stem with several leaves attached. (The latter is essential with most variegated types.) P. sandersii is an exception and is increased by pieces of

Many varieties of Regal pelargoniums are available, covering a wide colour range. This pretty bicolor is called Stardust leaf. First, a well-developed leaf is removed from the plant, together with its stalk. The leaf is cut up into about four pieces which are then pressed, with their cut edge downwards, into pots filled with a mixture of sand and peat or with Vermiculite. The leaves are well watered in and the pot is covered with a sheet of glass and placed in a propagating frame with a temperature of 21°C. (70°F.). Roots and shoots will soon form at the base of the cut veins.

01. March 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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