GenusPeperomia See All Search Site
Trade Namessp Zamora
Origin of TaxonZamora, Ecuador
This is a fantastic, micro-miniature plant from Zamora, Ecuador.
The plant grows in a rosette shape, with leaves that are roundly-cordate (softly heart-shaped), rugulose (wrinkled), sometimes crassulate (thick and succulent), semi-peltate (petiole attached underneath the leaf instead of at the margin), with a stunning reticulate pattern, and colors ranging from yellowish green to dark green, with a bronzy overtone.
The petioles (leaf stem) are light green, with subtle pinkish-maroon streaks.
This species has been very challenging to grow. It is inconsistent and finicky, sometimes doing quite well, and sometimes suddenly melting or stalling for no apparent reason.
I’ve found it does best when watered sparingly and the substrate is allowed to almost dry out. The foliage, and especially petioles and crown, should not get wet, as this seems to be one cause of melting.
As might be expected with a plant that doesn’t like being too moist, it has done best with excellent drainage. I am using a substrate that is similar to African Violet mix, composed mostly of peat and perlite, but also with a tiny amount of shredded sphagnum to keep the humidity up and prevent it from drying out too quickly.
It also likes good air flow. Stagnant air, especially combined with high moisture, is another condition which may cause spontaneous melting.