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Peperomia graveolens (Ruby Glow Peperomia)

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Scientific Name

Peperomia graveolens Rauh & Barthlott

Common Names

Ruby Glow, Ruby Glow Peperomia, Ruby Peperomia

Scientific Classification

Family: Piperaceae
Genus: Peperomia

Description

Peperomia graveolens is a mini shrub, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall, with glowing wine red stems with extremely succulent leaves that are wine red except on the upper side where there is a v-shaped transparent "window" to enable photosynthesis. The terminal, simple flower raceme looks-like a long thin rat's tail, to the naked eye it appears to be a powdery lime-green, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, growing singularly on long red stems that are up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall. Flowers are yellowish-white with a white margin.

Photo via peperomia.net

How to Grow and Care

Peperomia 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 problem facing Peperomia are usually related to watering. They like steadily moist soil, but can be very sensitive to overwatering. Overwatered Peperomia tend to wilt (paradoxically) or have raised, scab-like protrusions on their leaves. Don't be alarmed if your plant loses a few bottom leaves, but massive leaf-drop is usually due to a temperature change or fertilizer problem. Lastly, Peperomia are susceptible to mealybugs, so keep an eye out for cottony white masses on the stems or undersides of leaves. Peperomia thrives when slightly pot-bound, so don't over pot 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 Peperomia remain relatively small, so they will never grow into large specimen plants… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Peperomia.

Origin

Native to Peru and Ecuador.

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