Peperomia Piccolo Banda – 5.5cm
Peperomia Piccolo Banda originates from South America. It has beautiful green grey oval leaves with a distinct watermelon like pattern on and underneath the leaf. When in the right conditions it can reach a maximum height of 20-30cm not including the flowering spikes it puts out when its happy.
It is non toxic to animals and humans.
Is not sold with ceramic pot shown in picture.
Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for. West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny window.
Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.
Low demand – Before you water always feel the soil all the soil should be dry before watering again. Water well and then allow the soil too dry out fully before watering again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.
Water type unsensitive – Normal tap water is fine for this plant.
These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 18°C-25°C
Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.
In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.
Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.
Only fertilise this plant in its resting period if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.
Normal humidity – This plant is okay with normal humidity. If you find your house is really dry you can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.
Succulent/Peperomia mix – These plants tend to have fleshy, water filled leaves so require a well-draining soil to avoid over watering. Try 1-part coco coir or potting mix + 1-part perlite. Alternatively, you can use cactus premade cactus soil.
As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.