Peperomia ferreyrae Yunck.
Happy Bean, Pincushion Peperomia
Peperomia ferreyrae var. ferreyrae
Peperomia ferreyrae is a small succulent shrub with erect branches that bear bright green beanlike leaves with a darker green translucent window along the upper surface. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. Branches are green with brownish leaf scars and with leaves present mainly in the upper half. The leaves are slender, curved, U-shaped in cross-section, and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long.
The tiny flowers appear densely clustered along up to 14 inches (35 cm) long terminal spikes all year round.
Peperomia ferreyrae is native to Peru. It occurs in tropical forests at elevations between 4,920 and 6,630 feet (1,500 and 2,020 m).
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Peperomias are not particularly hard plants to grow, and their small size and delicate leaves make them perfect for desktops and dish gardens. They will rarely overtake their neighbors or shade them out. In short, they are perfectly mannered and attractive little plants. The biggest problems are usually related to watering. They like steadily moist soil but can be very sensitive to overwatering. Overwatered Peperomias tend to wilt or have raised, scab-like protrusions on their leaves. Do not be alarmed if your plant loses a few bottom leaves, but a massive leaf drop is usually due to a temperature change or fertilizer problem. Lastly, Peperomias are susceptible to mealybugs, so keep an eye out for cottony white masses on the stems or undersides of leaves. These plants thrive when slightly pot-bound, so do not overpot them.
Repot plants in spring, especially to refresh the existing soil, but place either back into the same size container after root-pruning or go up only one pot size. The largest Peperomias remain relatively small, so they will never grow into large specimen plants. Most species can be relatively easily propagated from leaf cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Peperomia.
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