Piper Sylvaticum – The Cutting Shop

£18.00

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P&P is included in the price, shipped separate to potted plant and dry goods, sent bare root.

Piper sylvaticum is also commonly known as chavica sylvatica. Piper is native to parts of India and China where it would sit under the canopy of the forests. It is known to locals in Tibet as a medicinal plant. This climbing plant has such tropical looking leaves, if you want your home to be more jungle-like, then this is the plant for you, It oozes that home jungle aesthetic. With heart shaped leaves that look like they have been airbrushed with a pearlescent silver and dark green veining, this plant is highly sought after for a good reason. This fast growing plant can grow as long as 10 metres and produces side shoots off the stems, creating a bushy growing habit.

 

Non toxic to animals and humans.

Light

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. 

 

Watering

Medium demand – Before you water always feel the soil the top layer should be dry before giving more water. This plant loves water but does not want their roots to live in water, so water well and then let the soil almost dry out 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

 

Temperature

 These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 17°C-25°C

 

Fertilizer

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. 

 

Humidity

High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. 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.

 

Soil

Standard houseplant mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Try 2 parts coco coir or potting mix and 1-part perlite. If the plant is drying out to quickly in your environment, then use less perlite. Conversely if the soil is staying too soggy add more perlite.

 

Toxicity

Non toxic for animals and humans. 

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.

 

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