Radiator Plant - Peperomia caperata 'Abricos'

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Scientific Name
Peperomia caperata (wrinkled pepper-like plant) 'Abricos'

Common Name
Radiator Plant, Pepper Plant, Emerald Ripple Peperomia, Emerald Ripple Pepper, Green Ripple Peperomia

Origin
Native to Brazil

Description
The Peperomia caperata, or Emerald Ripple, 'Abricos' is a striking variety of peperomia with deep green leaves edged in striking paler red. The striking colours are also set off by the striped texture along each leaf, making this a popular choice for a standout houseplant. Like most peperomias, this is a semi-succulent which stores its water in its leaves; with the perfect spot and not-too-frequent watering, this plant will flourish and give you eye-catching leaves in beautiful bright colours.

Light
Likes bright, indirect light; will benefit from a splash of morning or evening sun in autumn and winter.

Water

Thoroughly water once the top third of the soil has dried out; make sure you don't leave the plant itself wet as this can cause it to rot.

Humidity
Thrives in higher humidity, so will appreciate a humidity tray or more frequent misting.

Soil

Use a dense, well-draining mix. Repot every three years in spring as the plant grows.

Food
Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six or seven in autumn and winter. Pre-water the soil before applying 'ready to use' products to protect the roots.

Temperature

Ideal temperature is 18-26°C; make sure it does not get colder than 12°C in winter.

Pet-safe
Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
If your plant is in a darker location, poke the soil gently with a chopstick or similar to provide ventilation and mimic the actions of earthworms and other critters- this will reduce the risk of root rot!

Did you know?
Peperomias can be propagated from a single leaf: trim off a healthy leaf, cut it in half and place it onto soil. With a bit of patience and a nice, warm spot your peperomia will take root and grow into a whole new plant!

 

 

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