Peperomia caperata – PEPPER ELDER

Peperomia caperata (Pepper Elder) is a very dainty little plant with deeply crinkled leaves and erect catkin-like cream flowers. The leaves are a very deep green, and the plant has a domed compact shape. There are a number of differ6nt varieties of Peperomia and all make charming house plants which mix well with other foliage plants.

Peperomia caperata PEPPER ELDER


  • Growing season 15-22 °C (60-72 °F)
  • Minimum winter 7 C (45 °C)

Peperomia Sandersii has cupped oval pointed leaves which are a bluish-green striped with silver.

Peperomia ornata has deeply corrugated leaves with red veins.

Where to position: In a light position out of sunlight. It will stand a good deal of shade.

Watering requirements: Lukewarm rainwater applied under the leaves to keep the soil springy to thumb pressure. It does not like to be immersed in water. Spray daily in very hot summer weather, once weekly at other times; in winter only occasionally on milder days. It likes humidity.

General care: Plant in a shallow dish. If it is in a group, provide a pocket of broken crocks under it. Feed a very weak liquid fertilizer weekly. Cut off damaged or broken leaves and stems and dead flowers as low as possible. Always use a sloping cut to avoid water retention which encourages rot.

Rest: No marked rest period. Re-pot in spring if it is cramped.

When it looks sick:

  • The stems flag, letting the leaves droop : Caused by under-watering or too dry an atmosphere. Water the plant, mist-spray it and improve the humidity.
  • Poor colour variegation : This improves if you give the plant more light but not full sun.
  • Insect pests : Identify and treat as instructed.

Soil: A well-drained soil-less compost.

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