Peperomias are great house plants available in different shapes and sizes. Today’s plant is Peperomia Columella, is also a must-have if you are an avid plant collector. This flowering plant is a wonderful addition to your terrarium. Peperomia Columella originates from the desert of Peru, South America. This plant is a beautiful species that grows in tropical regions on steep cliffs. This is an endangered species and is also known as Columnar Peperomia or Pearly Peperomia.
- You will receive a Peperomia Columella
- similar to the ones shown in the pictures.
- Greenhouse grown.
- Will ship in 2" pot.
Recommended care instructions -
- Soil - The pH of the potting mixture should be between 6-7. This plant prefers a mixed soil mixture that includes a combination of peat moss, perlite, charcoal, humus, and mulch. I use a standard cactus mix, but you can use anything that provides excellent drainage and airflow. Just add perlite, pumice, or grit to the cactus mix to facilitate proper drainage. It is important to grow Peperomia plants in soil that drains the water quickly without promoting any rots. In outdoor gardens also this plant should be grown only in well-drained soils. This species can be grown easily in USDA hardiness zone 10.
This plant has moderate watering needs, similar to most other Peperomia species.As a pro- tip, you should use the overhead watering method for this plant instead of bottom watering. This plant is drought tolerant and succulent. When there is a lack of water, the window tissues in mature leaves decreases in volume as the water is transferred to the young leaves. If you have placed the plant outside, make sure the water does not stay in the pot for too long after a rainy day. From spring to autumn, you can deeply water this plant but make sure to discard the excess water after a few minutes of watering. Before the next watering, allow the soil to dry. But do not allow the soil to dry out entirely if you want your Columella plant to grow all year. However, in winter, the Columella plant needs very less water, so follow a watering schedule accordingly. I would suggest using room temperature water only. This plant also benefits from frequent misting, but this is optional if your indoor climate is not excessively dry.
- Light - This indoor Peperomia grows beautifully under natural light, as well as artificial lights. It can tolerate full sun to semi sun, but I would recommend placing it in the filtered sun because otherwise, the lovely foliage will be damaged. It will be perfect if you locate this plant in a bright and sunny location. This plant can tolerate low light, but bright light works well for my Peperomia Columella. A north-east facing window would be best for this Peperomia.If you don’t have a bright light in any of your windows, you can use inflorescent lights as this plant grows happily under controlled light. Outside you can keep it in partial shade.
- Temperature - Not picky about temperature, but this species likes moderate to warm places. Therefore you can grow it at any household temperature as long as it is comfortable for you. Generally, 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 27 degrees Celsius) is great. This plant is winter hardy to a certain extent; make sure the temperature does not drop below 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) in winter. To protect it from frost damage, it is best to bring the outdoor plants inside for winter. Avoid cold drafts; never place your houseplant next to an air conditioner or even radiator.
- Humidity - This plant is a high-humidity lover. Maintain 60-90% humidity during the day, and at night anything between 70-90% works great. You can place your plant on a pebble tray to fix the humidity level. Frequently spray it with water to maintain the required humidity for your Peperomia Columella.
Fertiliser - This houseplant Peperomia has very minimum fertilising needs. It can survive with little or no plant food. But fertilising will help your plant grow prolifically. I use a cactus fertiliser that is diluted to half strength in the growing months—applying once a month is good for the plant health. Do not fertilse as the weather starts getting colder.