Radiator Plant

Peperomia spp.

Pepper

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Peperomia is a genus containing evergreen perennial plants which are frequently grown as houseplants due to their ability to adapt to a range of atmospheres. There are over 1000 species (mostly from S. America, a few from Africa) in the genus, which is closely related to black pepper. Their succulent heart-shaped leaves are relatively slow-growing but are highly attractive, as are their slender spikes bearing small greenish-white flowers. Liberty Hyde Bailey, known as the 'Father of American Horticulture', is associated with giving Peperomia the common name of Radiator Plant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take tip, leaf or stem cuttings in either Spring or Autumn.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Some varieties of Peperomia make good hanging plant specimens and nice additions as small bathroom plants.

Pot plant

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

South America, Africa

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Piperaceae

Flower colour

White, Green

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest & disease free.
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