Pot size: 14cm x Plant length: 25cm
Fits a pot with a 15cm - 18cm diameter
*Pot in image not included in price
Peperomia prostrata, also (adorably) known as the String of Turtles, is an easy to care for house plant with a beautifully patterned trailing foliage which can grow to great lengths. They have flat and fleshy leaves with dark markings, and look stunning spilling down from a high shelf.
Light: Bright but indirect
This Peperomia prefers bright light. Although they cannot tolerate the harsh midday sun, direct light in the early mornings or late afternoon should be fine. Ideally your plant will have light hitting the top of the pot as well as the trailing foliage. This will encourage new growth from the base and to stop it thinning around the top.
Watering: Low to moderate
Despite their succulent-looking foliage, this beauty will need a little more TLC over the warmer months than a desert plant. Allow roughly the top inch of the soil to dry out during the summer months, but leave it to dry out fully before watering again over winter. In the interim months you should gradually move towards to the correct watering schedule for the season ahead. The easiest way to check moisture levels is by sticking your finger into the soil to the required depth.
Humidity: Moderate to high
Peperomia prostrata are tropical plants and therefore enjoy high levels of humidity, however most people’s homes have enough moisture in the air so a spot in a naturally humid room is not essential. Be sure to keep them away from known air dryers such as fan heaters and radiators over the cooler months. Misting the leaves weekly is recommended.
To propagate, make a cut roughly 2 to 3 inches in length from the base of a stem. Remove some of the leaves towards the cut end and stick it into a pot filled with lightly moistened multipurpose compost mixed with a bit of grit. If your Peperomia is thinning at the top, you can place your cutting back into the top of the mother plant to help it fill out.