A vibrantly colorful Peperomia Verticillata is a very easy specimen that will thrive in sunny household conditions we cover all you need to know about care and propagation..
Peperomia Verticillata Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Let it dry out before watering again.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer around once a month in the growing season|
|Soil:||Very well draining mix.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Red Log Plant, Red Log Peperomia.|
|Common issues:||Root rot from overwatering.|
This Peperomia variety has an interesting mixture of vibrant colors. It includes dark green, light green, and red along with beautiful veining across each leaf. This plant has thicker leaves similar to a succulent. This plant stays compact and will likely not get larger than 12 inches (30 cm) indoors. This plant grows on the forest floor as ground cover in Bolivia, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
Peperomia Verticillata Light Needs
Due to the darker colored foliage, the Peperomia Verticillata won’t mind a higher amount of light compared to other plants. Keeping this plant in a west or south-facing window will be perfect. If the plant ends up getting some direct sunlight, this will not be a problem. You could also move your Peperomia Verticillata outside during the summertime, but play it safe by still keeping it in a slightly shaded spot. If you provide this plant with enough light, you’ll ensure that the leaves will stay highly colorful.
Peperomia tend to have smaller, thinner roots that are more sensitive to overwatering. Make sure to let your Peperomia Verticillata dry out completely between watering. Then, ensure that all the soil is evenly soaked but do not let this plant sit in a pool of water. To ensure you’re watering when the soil is dry you can stick a finger or a chopstick in and see if any dirt sticks. Or, you can use a moisture meter to easily tell you the truth. If the moisture meter says that the dirt is dry, then give your plant a good drink.
Watering this plant from the bottom up will be the safest method to ensure that no root rot occurs. This lets the plant take in only as much water as it needs. To do this method, place the pot in a tub of water for around 1 hour. If you start a time-lapse using this camera setting on your phone, you’ll be able to see the water level dropping as the pot soaks up all that it needs.
You can provide a balanced fertilizer around once a month in the growing season to help the plant grow larger, more colorful leaves. In the fall and winter, do not fertilize as this could overwhelm the plant.
This plant needs drier, airy soil that doesn’t hold onto moisture for long. You could even use a cactus mix with some regular potting soil mixed in. The best ingredient for the soil will be perlite. This common, handy ingredient will provide both aeration and dryness.
Repot if the roots fill out the entire pot. This plant has a smaller root system so you may only need to repot every couple of years.
The Peperomia Verticillata prefers low to mild amounts of humidity. It is said to have succulent-like qualities, so it will thrive in regular household conditions. No need to provide this plant with extra humidity. However, as with any plant, make sure not to keep it directly next to a heater or near a vent.
Household temperatures of 65-75 degrees fahrenheit (18-24 degrees celsius) is the perfect range for this plant. It is not cold hardy as it is a tropical plant, so do not leave it outside when temperatures drop. It also will not fare well outside in very hot conditions.
How to Propagate Peperomia Verticillata
The best way to propagate this plant is by separating out the pups the mother plant produces. When your Peperomia Verticillata is mature, you may notice small baby plants sprouting up next to the mother plant. You can also take a cutting of a single leaf or a section of leaves and a stem. Then, pop this in water and keep an eye out for any rotting. If it rots, cut off the affected area, let the stem callus over, and try again.
Other Names For Peperomia Verticillata
The Peperomia Verticillata is also known as the “Red Log Plant” or “Red Log Peperomia.” This is due to its bright red coloration on the underside of each of the leaves. Another name it can go by is “belly button peperomia” because it can have some fuzziness to it. All Peperomias can also be called “radiator plants” because they do enjoy an occasional warm draft. However, this should probably be avoided because the big temperature shifts that can happen will not be appreciated by the plant. This area can also be overly dry, so you may find you need to water much more often.
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- Peperomia are completely non-toxic and safe for your furry friends, according to the ASPCA.
- As the name suggests, Peperomias are actually related to pepper.
- There are over 1000 different species of Peperomia.
- Peperomia can actually flower and produce long green or pink stems. However, these plants are usually chosen for their colorful foliage rather than their blooms. If your Peperomia does flower, you can take this as a great sign that your plant is very happy in your care.
Peperomia Verticillata Common Pests, Issues, and Treatments
Peperomias are not susceptible to a large variety of diseases or pests, nor do they attract them. The most common pests for the Peperomia are mealybugs and spider mites. Mealybugs can be removed one by one using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Spider Mites can be removed by spraying the entire plant down with a diluted neem oil solution, or an organic insecticide. You can also simply soak your plant in water, or run the shower over it for a brief period to get the insects running for the hills.
If you notice wilting leaves, rotting stems, stunted growth, discoloration on the leaves, or rotting roots, you are likely overwatering your Peperomia Verticillata. Cut back on the watering and make sure that the soil is dry before evenly watering again. If you find your soil holds onto water for a long period of time and the leaves are wilting, consider switching to a more airy, dryer substrate.
If you notice a few leaves falling off here and there and your plant is still growing nicely, this is entirely normal. However, if many leaves are falling off, your plant may not be happy. Make sure that the environment is not too hot or too cold, your watering is accurate, required lighting conditions are met, and don’t move your plant around too much. Find it a nice spot and let it be.
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