Botanical name: Peperomia scandens 'Variegata'
Cupid Peperomia Plant also called False Philodendron is trailing plant that is ideal for a hanging basket. It bears heart-shaped leaves and pink semi-succulent stems. The stems can spread to a length of 5 ft. The leaves are fleshy, green, and glossy with pale borders. The variegated type comes with green leaves and cream-colored, golden, yellow, or off-white markings. Cupid Peperomia is native to South and Central America and Mexico rainforests, where it grows on top of trees.
Cupid Peperomia Plant prefers bright to semi-shade (partial shade). It will also thrive under flourescent light. Too little light will result in leggy plants. Keep it away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves. Learn how to ensure your plant receives the correct light in this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Cupid Peperomia Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to slightly dry out between waterings. Significantly reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist. Avoid waterlogging as it can lead in root-rot. Learn more on how to water houseplants.
Average warmth between 15-260C is ideal for Cupid Peperomia Plant. Protect the plant from cold draughts as the cause leaf drop. Learn more on temperature for houseplants.
Cupid Peperomia Plant thrives in a high humidity environment. Mist leaves frequently or set pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity.
Feed Cupid Peperomia Plant with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing period. Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn. Learn more on feeding houseplants.
Repot Cupid Peperomia Plant during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound. Use a rich, free-draining soil and a pot one size larger. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole(s) to prevent waterlogging which can lead to root-rot.
Pruning Cupid Peperomia Plant involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy. To encourage a bushy, compact growth, regularly pinch of the growing tips. As the plants age, they become straggly. Cut back the stems during the growing season to rejuvenate growth. Learn more on how to prune houseplants.
Cupid Peperomia Plant can be propagated from seeds, leaf and stem-tip cuttings or by division.
Propagating Cupid Peperomia Plants from seeds
Sow Cupid Peperomia Plants seeds at the beginning of the growing season in moist soil. Place the set up in a warm shaded place. Maintain the soil moist until the seeds germinate. Once germinated, move the set up to a cool shaded place and maintain the soil moist until the plants are well established.
Propagating Cupid Peperomia Plants from leaf cuttings
Leaf cuttings root easily, there is no need for a rooting hormone. Take leaf cuttings from a healthy Cupid Peperomia Plant. Ensure each leaf cutting has a petiole. Allow sometime for the formation of a protective callous tissue over the cuts. Place the leaf cuttings in a jar of clean plain water and change the water every 7-10 days. Place in warm shaded place until growth begins at the base of the petiole. Allow for substantial growth of the roots and new leaves. Transfer to individual pots and place in a cool shaded place. Maintain the soil moist until the plant is well established. For a fuller plant, plant several plants in one pot.
Propagating Cupid Peperomia Plants from stem-tip cuttings
Stem-tip cuttings root easily, there is no need for a rooting hormone. Take stem-tip cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Cupid Peperomia Plant. Ensure each cutting has at least 2 sets of leaves. Allow sometime for the formation of a protective callous tissue over the cuts. Insert the cuttings in moist rooting soil. Place in warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed. Transfer to individual pots and begin routine care. For a fuller plant plant several cuttings in one pot.
Propagating Cupid Peperomia Plants by division
Take out the Cupid Peperomia Plant from its pot and divide it into several sections. Pot up these sections in individual pots. Place in a cool shaded place. Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges. Allow the new Cupid Peperomia Plants to be well established before transplanting.
Brown leaf tips and edges in Cupid Peperomia Plant are due to sudden drop in temperature from cold draughts. Remove all the damaged leaves and keep plants away from cold draughts.
The cause of brown and shrivelled leaves in Cupid Peperomia Plant is too dry air. Cupid Peperomia Plant prefers a humid environment. To raise humidity, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Cupid Peperomia Plant can also be grown in a terrarium as high humidity can be maintained.
Excess soluble salts in the soil from the water or excess feeding will cause dry shrivelled leaves in Cupid Peperomia Plant; flush out the salts by running a stream of water through the soil until it comes out through the drainage holes. Repeat several times.
Leggy stems in Cupid Peperomia Plant are due to low light. Cut back the stems to rejuvenate growth and move the plant to a brighter spot.
Waterlogging of Cupid Peperomia Plant is the cause of these. This is an indication of Root-rot disease.
Cupid Peperomia Plant (Peperomia scandens) 'Variegata' are non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.