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Peperomia obtusifolia plant commonly known as Baby Rubber plant is herbaceous in type. These are a semi-succulent plant. Peperomia needs a cool environment to grow.
Peperomia Obtusifolia plant commonly known as baby rubber plant is herbaceous in type.
These are a semi-succulent plant. Peperomia needs a cool environment to grow. The leaves of the plant are broad and blunt in shape. They are dark green and glossy in texture. The plant is native to South America.
There are more than 1000 varieties of Peperomia Obtusifolia.
It is a medium maintenance, easy to grow plant. It is a poisonous plant so make sure you keep it away from your pets and children. Peperomia needs moderate sunlight and water to grow. The thick leaves of the plant hold the water for a long period of time in them.
Usually, Peperomia doesn't bear flowers. It is just the dark textured leaf which attracts the gardeners. The plant blooms during the early summer and around the mid-spring.
Peperomia needs moderate and indirect sunlight. If you are growing it indoors then keep the plant towards the north-east facing window. If your room is not bright enough then you can use fluorescent lights as a substitute to promote the growth of Obtusifolia.
Let the soil to dry out between the watering. They require a loose soil with rich potting mix. Soil with nitrogen and potash content would work best for the Peperomia. Make sure you provide drainage holes in the pot. As the plant requires oxygen up to the roots.
Water the plant in the form of drip or sprinkle method. 3 to 6 cups of water is the average need by the Peperomia. During the growing season provide ample of water to keep the soil moist.
The average height of the plant is around 12 inches. They spread along 1 feet in the ground cover.
Fertilize the plant once in 2 to 3 weeks. The plant needs a lot of feed in the growing season. Make sure you feed the Peperomia in a considerate and small amount. You can use houseplant food or a diluted liquid fertilizer.
Cut short the feedings after the growing period of the plant. Fertilize the Peperomia once or twice in a month after the growing season has passed.
The plant can be used as an ornamental plant in your house. You can keep it on your desk or on in your houseplant collection. They are helpful in reducing the toxin levels from the air and providing around 55 percent of fresh air in your house.
It is also believed that Peperomia can reduce anxiety and stress and help you to attain peace.
The Peperomia doesn't get infected with pests easily. Although mealybugs and spider mites can attack the plant if it has too moist soil.
Just add some manure and compost once in a 2 month to prevent unnecessary pests affecting the Peperomia.