Welcome to our peperomia maculosa care guide, we cover all you need to know…
Peperomia Maculosa Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Only water them when the soil is dry. Check them once a week.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed them a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A standard potting compost with 20% perlite added.|
|Temperature:||20°C to 25°C (68-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering and root rot.|
The peperomia maculosa packs some serious punch in the looks department for a peperomia. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on peperomias in general! But this is a real elegant beauty that will give your philodendrons and anthuriums a run for their money. It is native to Central and South America and known for it’s really shiny leaves.
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Medium to bright indirect sunlight is best, they are fine back from the window in a fairly bright room or near the window in a darker room.
How Often To Water A Peperomia Maculosa
Peperomias are sensitive to over watering so be careful, only water them when the soil is dry. Check them once a week. They get root rot easily, if you water unsure whether to water them or not wait another few days, underwatering is better than overwatering.
Tip: do not overwater this plant! Those shiny leaves will hang on to moisture, so only water it when dry or almost dry.
Feed them a balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer to encourage more growth in the warmer growing months.
Use a rich, well draining soil. If using standard potting compost add 20% perlite to it.
When To Repot A Peperomia Maculosa
Check your plants in early Spring and repot them up size if the roots are crowded. you can lso check them toward the end of summer too as they might have had a good growing season.
They are fairly tough plants and will do well in most home environments, but aim for 50%. .
The best temperature for them is 20°C to 25°C (68-77°F) during the day. But they don’t mind dropping below this at night as long as its not for prolonged period of time, aim for a minimum temperature of 12°C (54°F) at night or in the winter. Avoid cold drafts too.
Peperomia Maculosa Propagation
The propagate a peperomia maculosa, take cuttings from the top of the stems. Make sure you get a few nodes, so that you can have at least one node without leaves under water, and then some with leaves above the water. They root well and quickly, and once they are rooted pot them up in soil.
Is It Toxic to Cats?
They are not toxic to cats.
Peperomia Elongata Vs Maculosa
The peperomia elongata and maculosa can be told apart as the elongata has much more elongated leaves. The clue is in the name!
Where To Buy
FAQs And Common Problems
Peperomias are generally a trouble free, low maintenance plant but they do not like overwatering so makes sure you only water them when dry.
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