The best plant care tips are hidden in vintage books, discovered Iris during her search for good information about plant care. That’s why she decided to start a plant blog! Mama Botanica’s focus is on sharing knowledge through social media. She also gives workshops on plant care. Iris wants to bring people closer to nature. With plants around you, you become more aware of the world we live in; the way you experience your living environment changes and you automatically become less stressed and more focused.
Mama Botanica likes to put plants in the spotlight! This time she tells more about the Peperomia ‘Raindrop’!
The Latin name of this plant is Peperomia polybotrya, but you can understand why they called it Raindrop. The leaves of this plant have a very nice drop-shaped tip. The Raindrop is an easy plant to care for, because it is not very sensitive. It is a slow grower and can reach a maximum height of about thirty centimeters.
Raindrop vs Pancake plant
The Raindrop is sometimes compared to the Chinese money plant aka the pancake plant. In the Mama Botanica video, Iris shows the difference between the two plants. The leaves of the peperomia are much larger than those of the pancake plant. A pancake plant also quickly loses their lower leaves, creating a bare trunk, with a tuft of leaves at the top. The Raindrop is much stronger and will maintain its leaves much longer on the lower canopy. And did you know that the Latin name of the Chinese money plant is Pilea peperomioides, which means that they are in different plant families, so they are not closely related to each other, but just look alike!
How to take care of the Peperomia Raindrop?
The Peperomia Raindrop can be placed in multiple places in your house. She prefers a place with indirect light (a place where the sun does not shine directly on the plant). But she is very adaptive, a little bit of direct sunlight in the morning or at the end of the afternoon is also fine. And if it is slightly darker, it will mainly grow a bit more slowly. If there is a lot of space between the leaves, it is best to find a brighter spot. This keeps your plant more compact.
Unlike some other Peperomias, this one grows on a trunk and the leaves are quite thick. This means that the plant can store quite a bit of moisture in its leaves and trunk. It is certainly not recommended that the soil is always moist. It is best to let the soil dry a little before watering again. How often you water also depends on the amount of light and temperature. Water on average once a week in the summer. In winter this can be less, about once every two weeks. Therefore, before you water, you should check whether the soil is dry or not. She would rather be a little too dry than too wet.
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