Botanical name: Peperomia scandens 'Variegata'
Synonym: Peperomia nitida 'Variegata'
Common names: Variegated Cupid Peperomia, False Philodendron
Variegated Cupid Peperomia also called False Philodendron is a trailing plant that is ideal for a hanging basket which bears heart-shaped leaves and pink semi-succulent stems.
The stems in Variegated Cupid Peperomia can spread to a length of 5 ft. The Variegated Cupid Peperomia comes with fleshy, green leaves and cream-colored, golden, yellow, or off-white markings.
Variegated Cupid Peperomia flowers are tiny, green and are borne on a spike inflorescence that resemble rat tails.
Variegated Cupid Peperomia is native to South and Central America and Mexico rainforests, where it grows on top of trees.
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Variegated Cupid Peperomia grows best in bright, indirect light. It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not adequate.
Too little light will result in leggy stems and loss of leaf color while direct sunshine can lead to scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Variegated Cupid Peperomia liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to slightly dry out between waterings.
Reduce watering for Variegated Cupid Peperomia during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead in root-rot disease.
Variegated Cupid Peperomia requires an average warmth within the range of 15-260C. Room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for the plant.
Protect Variegated Cupid Peperomia from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Feed Variegated Cupid Peperomia with a balanced, liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.
Do not feed Variegated Cupid Peperomia during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Repot Variegated Cupid Peperomia during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound. Use a pot one size larger than the current one.
Ensure the pot for your Variegated Cupid Peperomia has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.
The best soil for Variegated Cupid Peperomia should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients. Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Variegated Cupid Peperomia.
Pruning Variegated Cupid Peperomia is easy as it involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.
To encourage a bushy, compact growth for your Variegated Cupid Peperomia, regularly pinch of the growing tips.
As Variegated Cupid Peperomia ages, it becomes straggly therefore, cut back the stems during the growing season to rejuvenate growth. Read more on how to prune houseplants.
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Variegated Cupid Peperomia can be propagated in 3 ways; from leaf cuttings, from stem cuttings or by plant division.
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Brown leaf tips and edges in Variegated Cupid Peperomia are due to sudden drop in temperature from cold draughts.
Remove all the damaged leaves to keep the plant neat and tidy. Protect the Variegated Cupid Peperomia from cold draughts like windy doors, drafty windows, air conditioners and maintain an average warmth within the range of 15-260C.
Dropping leaves (leaf fall) in Variegated Cupid Peperomia is caused by many and varied reasons like overwatering, insufficient lighting, overfeeding among others.
Here is an outline on 12 reasons why Peperomia is dropping leaves (with solutions).
The cause of brown and shrivelled leaves in your Variegated Cupid Peperomia is too dry air. Variegated Cupid Peperomia prefers a humid environment.
Excess soluble salts in the soil from the water or excess feeding will cause dry shrivelled leaves in Variegated Cupid Peperomia.
Regularly flush out the salts from the soil for your Variegated Cupid Peperomia by running a stream of water through the soil until it comes out through the drainage holes and repeat the process several times.
Leggy stems in your Variegated Cupid Peperomia are due to too low light. This is an attempt by the plant to reach the light source.
Cut back the stems to rejuvenate growth and move Variegated Cupid Peperomia to a brighter spot where it will receive bright, indirect light. It can also grow under a grow light if the natural light is not adequate.
Soggy soil for your Variegated Cupid Peperomia is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves and corky swellings under the leaves.
This is an indication of root-rot disease. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the disease.
To avoid getting soggy soil, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-drainage.
Variegated Cupid Peperomia (Peperomia scandens 'Variegata') like other Peperomia Plants is non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.