The peperomia piccolo banda is a really easy going housemate! Give it a decent amount of indirect light and let it dry out between waterings. Read on for how to get the best out this plant…
Peperomia Piccolo Banda Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Water when the of soil is dry. Check it once a week.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A rich, well draining soil.|
|Temperature:||20°C to 25°C (68-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these rare plant shops.|
Welcome to our guide to the small but popular peperomia piccolo banda, originally from South America, they make great houseplants as they’re pretty, small, and easy to care for.
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal for a peperomia piccolo banda.
How Often to Water A Peperomia Piccolo Banda
Water it when the majority of the soil is dry and it is almost dried out completely. Check it once a week. You do not want to over water a peperomia as they can get root rot relatively easily, this is the number one killer, so be really careful here.
Feed it a balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer. They’ll do fine if you do not feed them, but it will encourage faster growth if you do.
A rich, well draining soil is ideal. Remember that they do not want to sit in wet soil as they are prone to root rot, so make sure the plant is in a well draining medium. You can add some perlite to aid with drainage if you like.
When To Repot A Peperomia Piccolo Banda
It will not need repotting regularly, but if it gets root bound you can pot it up a size.
40-50% is ideal humidity. This range is within many household and the plant is not overly fussy in this regard, so does well in most households.
20°C to 25°C (68-77°F).
Where To Buy A Peperomia Piccolo Banda
It is also know as a “Peacock Peperomia,” commercially. It’s botanical name is “Peperomia albovittata ‘piccolo banda'”.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda Propagation
To propagate, you can take stem cuttings and root them directly in soil, follow these steps:
- Cut the top of a branch off, including at least one node and about 3 or 4 leaves.
- Trim the bottom leaves from the cutting, leaving 2 or so leaves at the top of the cutting.
- Put the cutting in a pot of soil with the naked node below the surface and the leaves above the surface.
- Water the soil and let the excess water drain out.
- Cover the pot in a plastic sandwich bag and seal it almost totally (but leave a small hole of air), and make sure the bag is not touch the plants.
- Put it in a warm place that get plenty of indirect light, but no sunlight.
- Wait for a month or so for the plants to root, open the bag every couple of days and make sure the soil is damp.
- Once you see new leaf growth from the top of the plants you can remove the bag and treat them as normal plants.
FAQs and Common Problems
Leaves Falling Off
A common issue with the peperomia piccolo banda is dropping leaves. This is most often to overwatering, make sure you check the soil is totally dry before watering again.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda Flowers
The piccolo banda will flower occasionally if given enough light. It produces really thin spikes of light green flowers that point upwards.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda Vs Watermelon
They are both very similar, but the easiest way to tell them is the piccolo banda darker in general, with dark greeney-purple stripes. The watermelon is all green, with light and dark green stripes.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda Cats
A peperomia albovittata piccolo banda is not toxic to cats.