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Peperomia 'Parallel'

Peperomia 'Parallel'

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Common Name(s)Parallel
Botanical Name: Peperomia tetragona (formerly x puteolata)

Peperomia Tetragona Description

Peperomia tetragona, commonly known as Parallel Peperomia or Peperomia puteolata, is a striking houseplant valued for its unique foliage and easy-care nature. It features upright, succulent-like stems with alternating deep green leaves marked with light green striping, giving them a "parallel" appearance.

Peperomia tetragona showcases elongated leaves that grow in a distinctive pattern along its stems, which contributes to its ornamental appeal. This plant typically grows compactly, making it ideal for small spaces such as desktops, shelves, or window sills. It’s a low-growing plant, often not exceeding 12 inches in height, which makes it perfect for grouping with other plants without overshadowing them.

Care Plan for Peperomia Tetragona

Light: Peperomia tetragona thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate medium to low light conditions. While it can adapt to less light, lower light may reduce the vibrancy of its leaf coloration and slow its growth. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves.

Watering: This plant prefers to be watered when the top inch of soil has dried out. Overwatering can cause root rot, especially as this plant's roots are quite delicate. Ensure that your pot has good drainage and that you reduce watering frequency during the winter months when the plant’s growth naturally slows.

Humidity: Average home humidity levels are generally adequate for this Peperomia, although it can benefit from higher humidity. If you notice the leaf tips browning, it might be a sign to increase humidity with methods like misting or using a humidity tray.

Temperature: Keep it in temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Peperomia tetragona is sensitive to cold and should be protected from drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

Child and Pet Safety: This plant is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and children, making it a safe and worry-free choice for pet owners and families.

General Tips: Fertilize Peperomia tetragona every 2-3 months during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Light pruning can help maintain its shape and promote denser foliage. Also, occasionally wiping the leaves with a damp cloth can help remove dust and keep the plant healthy.

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