All About Peperomia Scandens Variegata
Variegated Cupid Peperomia
The Variegated Scandens Pepromia has slightly spade or heart-shaped leaves with white and green variegation. This is a trailing peperomia with a growth pattern similar to pothos. They are extremely popular houseplants due to their bright foliage, trailing habit, and being Pet Safe.
Scandens originates from Central and South America where its long-trailing vines climb up forest trees. The thick succulent-like stems hold water and help them survive short periods of drought.
The prominent variegation makes these slightly more difficult to care for than their solid green siblings. This is because the white and yellow parts of the leaves lack chlorophyll and cannot photosynthesize. Nonetheless, they are still easy houseplants and are perfect for beginners.
How To Care for Peperomia Scandens Variegata
Scandens is one of over a thousand species of peperomia that grow in many different conditions all over the world. The Scandens cupid is an epiphytic plant native to the forest of Central and South America. In the wild, they grow on trees and decaying wood.
Scandens Variegata needs more light than its solid green sibling. Only the green parts of the leaves are able to photosynthesize and they have to support the entire plant. Which is why it’s important to make sure it gets bright, indirect light. An east-facing window sill is ideal. You can also supplement with a grow light.
Pot them up an inch or two once the roots start growing out of the bottom of the pot. These are relatively fast-growing for peperomias and may need potting up every year.
The average temperature and humidity in most home environments is perfect for these tropical plants. They love a bright, sunny window, especially during the cooler months but avoid direct summer sun.
Read on to learn more about caring for The Variegated Scandens Peperomia ……
USDA Zone 10-12
They don’t like to completely dry out so water when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry. If you are unsure, stick your finger in the soil. Too much water can cause root rot and spotting on the leaves.
These are typically medium plants growing to around 12 inches wide but can grow larger as they start to trail.
They prefer bright, indirect light. Direct summer sun can cause burnt leaves. They will need more light than their solid green siblings.
Use a rich potting mix that drains well. Incorporate small pieces of orchid bark and perlite into regular or succulent soil to create more airflow. Compost will add much-needed nutrients.
They are native to subtropical regions and like 50% or higher humidity levels.
Peperomia Scandens Variegata is non-toxic and safe for children and pets. Find more pet-safe plants here.
Fertilize every three months during the growing season with Green Grub Insect Frass. You can either make a compost tea to water with every time or sprinkle a layer of fertilizer on top of the soil. If using synthetic, use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer with a balanced ratio.
Propagate by stem or leaf cuttings and division. Read on for propagation instructions.
How to Propagate Peperomia Scandens Variegata
Propagating Peperomia Scandens Variegata is a piece of cake. Scandens can be propagated by cuttings and division. Regular pruning encourages a more bushy plant and division allows the current pot size to be maintained. Pruning and propagating are best done in the spring during active growth.
1. This is easily done while repotting your plant and allows the current pot size to be maintained. Instead of potting up, you divide the plant into 2-3 sections. Once you have the rootball out of the pot, use a sharp knife to cut individual offsets away from the main plant. Make sure to get enough roots to support the new offset.
2. Likewise you can also loosen the rootball with your fingers and gently separate the offset from the main plant.
3. Plant your new offset into a rooting medium, keep moist and wait for the plant to establish.
4. Once your offset is established and growing well. Repot into a pot that is 1 inch larger than the rootball and enjoy your new plant!
1. Take cuttings of healthy stems that have 3-4 leaves. I prefer each stem to be 3-4 inches tall.
2. Plant the stem(s) into a rooting medium and keep the medium moist, not wet. You may also use a clear jar of water for water rooting.
3. Cover with a clear plastic or glass dome so that the leaves do not dry out. Seed starting kits and propagation boxes work well for this.
4. Place your cuttings/ prop box in a warm area with bright indirect light and keep medium moist, not wet.
5. Wait for new growth. Once you have a thriving plant, repot, and slowly acclimate to a less humid environment.
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