Peperomia Black –
Peperomia caperata, commonly known as emerald ripple or peperomia, is a dense mound-forming tropical perennial that typically grows to 8” tall and as wide. Features rosettes of long-stemmed, wrinkled, deeply corrugated, heart-shaped, dark green leaves (to 1 1/2” long) on long red-tinged stalks. Leaves are deeply veined with an attractive corrugated surface. Leaf color is close to black along the corrugations. Tiny, whitish-green flowers in 2-3” long spikes bloom in summer and early fall atop thin reddish flower stalks which rise well above the foliage.
Planting & Caring –
Grow as an indoor container plant in a peaty potting mix in bright indirect light. Avoid direct afternoon sun. The best indoor location is north or east-facing window. Thrives under fluorescent lights. During the growing season (spring to fall), water moderately but consistently, allowing the soils to almost dry on top before adding additional water plus apply fertilizer once per month. Reduce watering and eliminate fertilization from fall throughout winter