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Botanical name: Peperomia verticillata
Common names: Red Log Plant, Whorled Peperomia, Belly Button
Red Log Plant (Peperomia verticillata) also called Whorled Peperomia or Belly Button is easily propagated from leaf cuttings, stems cuttings or by plant division.
Red Log Plant cuttings root easily and usually, there is no need for a rooting hormone. The cuttings can be rooted in water or in soil.
The best time to propagate Red log Plant is during the growing season when the plant is actively growing. At this time, the plant has enough food reserves which are necessary for faster establishment.
Below we have outlined 3 Red Log Plant (Peperomia verticillata) propagation methods. Read on.
Peperomia verticillata leaf propagation in water; Red Log leaf cuttings root easily and there is no need for a rooting hormone.
Take leaf cuttings from a healthy Red Log Plant and ensure each leaf cutting has a petiole as this is where new growth will come from.
Allow some time for the formation of a protective callus tissue over the cuts of the Red Log Plant leaf cuttings to prevent rotting.
Place the Red Log Plant leaf cuttings in a jar of clean plain water and change the water every 5-7 days.
Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place until growth begins at the base of the cuttings leaf petiole. Allow enough time for substantial growth of the roots and new leaves.
Transfer the rooted cuttings to individual pots in moist, cactus and succulents soil. For a fuller plant, transfer several cuttings in one pot.
Place the pots in a warm, well-lit place. Maintain the soil moist until the new Red Log Plants are well established after which you can begin routine care.
Photo credit: Mountain Crest Gardens
Peperomia verticillata propagation from stem-tip cuttings; Red Log Plant stem cuttings root easily and usually there is no need for a rooting hormone.
Take stem cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Red Log Plant and ensure each cutting has at least 2 sets of leaves. Strip off the lower leaves.
Allow some time for the formation of a protective callus tissue over the cuts of your Red Log Plant cuttings to prevent rotting.
Fill a rooting container or pot with a free-draining soil like cactus and succulents soil. Moisten the soil lightly.
With a pencil or anything similar make a hole in the center of the container and ensure that the hole is wider than the diameter of the cutting.
Once callused, insert about 2-3 in. of the Red Log Plant cutting in the previously made hole. Gently tap and firm the soil around the base of the cutting.
Cover the set up with clear polythene to increase humidity and warmth but allow space for air circulation to prevent the cuttings from rotting.
Place the set up in a well-lit and shaded place; avoid direct sunlight as it can cook the plants.
Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and there is substantial growth. Remove any dead foliage to maintain the set up clean and avoid disease infestation.
When, you observe substancial growth, transfer the rooted Red Log Plant stem cuttings to individual pots in cactus and succulents soil. For a fuller plant, transfer several cuttings in one pot.
Thoroughly water the soil until the water comes out through the drainage holes. Place the pots in a warm, well-lit plant and begin Red Log Plant routine care.
Peperomia verticillata propagation by plant division; Water the Red Log Plant thoroughly at least 1 day before to make it easier to divide and also hasten establishment as a well hydrated plant suffers less shock and takes a shorter time to take root.
Take out the Red Log Plant from its pot and carefully divide it into sections by pulling apart the roots. Ensure each section has adequate roots to hasten establishment.
Select a 6 or 8 in. pot and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.
Fill the pot with cactus and succulents soil and make a hole in the center of the pot. Ensure that the hole is slightly wider than the root base of the Red Log Plant section.
Place the Red Log Plant section in the previously made hole and lightly firm the soil around the base while taking care not to bury it too deep; maintain the section at the same soil level it was in the previous pot.
Water the soil thoroughly and place the set up in a well-lit, warm place until the new plant is well established after which you can begin Red Log Plant routine care.