String of Turtles, 3.5in, Peperomia Prostrata

String of Turtles, 3.5in, Peperomia Prostrata

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This slow growing tropical trails beautifully from a hanging basket or down the side of a plant stand, and the foliage has a unique circular shape with a dark green colouration and silvery-white veins that give it the appearance of a turtles shell. 

Attributes

Type: Tropical 
Length: 12in - 36in
Spread: 12in - 16in
Zone: 10 - 11
Pet Safe: Non-Toxic

Care

General Maintenance: This plant will not need to be repotted too regularly, but it is helpful to change your soil or at least the top layer about once a year. If the plant does outgrow its pot you can repot it into a pot one size larger in the spring. Shallow pots are a good idea for this plant, as that will help you to avoid waterlogging. An easy method to propagate is to take a few centimeters of stem tip cuttings. Remove a tip (petiole) with about 5 - 8 cm of tip with one or two leaves on it. Plant the cutting in a very small pot with fresh potting mix that's moist and try to provide warm temperatures of about 20º, and plenty of bright light. You can also propagate by leaf cuttings. 

Temperature: Ideal temperatures are between 18º - 24º Celsius, and no lower than 10º. 

Light: Peperomia with variegation need a bit of sunlight in the morning or evening, but darker varieties prefer indirect light. 

Watering: Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between watering. You want to avoid overwatering as much as possible, so it is better to lean on the side of less water than more. During winter water more sparingly, as the leaves will store water. These plants do like a bit of humidity while they are growing, so the occasional misting or the use of a pebble tray will help it out. Typically, average house humidity will work fine as long as the air is not too dry. 

Soil: A peat-based soil works best, something around 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or sand will give your plant good drainage. Other mixes will work as long as they drain well and the soil is well aerated. 

Fertilizer: During the spring, use a diluted liquid fertilizer twice a month. During summer reduce feedings to once a month, and do not fertilize at all during fall and winter.