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Peperomia Frost is a stunning houseplant that actually has the appearance of growing frost on the foliage. This is the perfect plant to bring into your home if you want something easygoing but makes a statement.
This plant will thrive in your home with these main caring tips.
- Water. Peperomia Frost like to be watered when 50% of the soil is dry. If you stick a finger in the soil and it’s dry, it’s time to give a thorough watering.
- Light. This plant prefers to be in bright indirect light to medium light without any direct sunlight hitting the leaves. Peperomia Frost can tolerate low light but will not thrive in a dark area of your home. South, east, or west facing window is best.
- Fertilizer. Fertilizer during growing season and pause during the dormant (winter) months. Dilute fertilizer to half recommended strength. I fertilize every watering but you can choose to once a month or bi-weekly.
- Humidity. This is a tropical plant so it’s best to replicate that environment. Peperomia Frost’s thrive in humidity conditions around 50% but can tolerate lower humidity.
Peperomia Frost thrive with these care directions.
Peperomia Frost thrive in bright indirect sunlight or medium sunlight. This plant is bested sun in a room that gets south or west facing exposure, as long as you place the plant a few feet away from the window.
This plant can even live in lower light conditions, but if you want your plant to grow and thrive, it’s best to place your Peperomia Frost in higher light.
Make sure to not not place this in direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.
If you don’t get sufficient sunlight coming into your home, plant grow lights are a great option. I use T5 Barrina plant grow lights and run them on a timer for 13 hours each day. I love using plant grow lights because they let me put plants in areas of my home that are receiving no sunlight.
Water your Peperomia Frost when the soil is dry. Stick your finger in the soil until you hit the knuckle and if it’s dry, it’s time for a thorough watering. Let the water flow through freely into the plant’s soil and make sure you let all of the water drip out of the drainage hole. This plant does not like to be waterlogged and should not sit in water at any time.
To check if your plant is ready for water, you can also use a moisture meter or a chopstick. Place a chopstick about halfway in and if the chopstick comes out with soil, the plant is not ready for a watering. If the chopstick comes out dry, this means your plant is ready for water.
Feed your Peperomia Frost with filtered water. Most houseplants do not care for tapwater (depending on where you live) because of the high amounts of fluoride and the salt that builds up in the plants soil over time. If tapwater is your only option, let the tapwater sit out for 12 hours before using it.
Peperomia Frost thrive in well-draining soil. A mixture of 3 parts all purpose houseplant soil and 2 parts perlite works well.
Another great option is using pre-made potting mix like Fox Farm Ocean Forest. This mix contains a blend of high quality ingredients that has everything your plants need to grow healthy in the home.
Peperomia Frost do well in any home that is between temperatures of 60°F to 90°F (15°C to 32°C).
Do not place this plant in drafty areas (windows, vents, or doors).
During the growing season (when you see leaves actively growing), your Peperomia Frost will love fertilization. You can use a liquid fertilizer but make sure to follow the instructions and dilute the recipe to half strength (if the fertilizer is synthetic).
You always want to follow the fertilizer instructions because your plant can burn or even die from too much fertilizer. You can also opt for a liquid fertilizer like Dyna-Gro Grow that feeds every time you water your plant.
If you are using a non-organic, synthetic fertilizer, it’s always recommended to dilute the recipe in half because of how strong the N-P-K ratios are. If you are using an organic fertilizer, you typically do not have to worry about diluting the recipe because the N-P-K ratio is so low.
I use a slow release granule fertilizer that I sprinkle over my plants once a month. This makes taking care of my houseplants easy. The granules I use do not hurt my plant even if I put too much in my plants soil, so I don’t really measure.
Like most houseplants, pause fertilizing in the winter months when the plant is not actively growing. Where I live, my houseplants grow year-round so I feed my plants fertilizer almost year-round.
Peperomia Frost are tropical plants and prefer higher humidity, but can live in areas of lower humidity. This plant loves humidity in the 50% range and may even be well suited for a terrarium. If you live in a dryer climate, it’s best to do a few things to make sure your higher humidity needs plants thrive in your home.
Here are my top tips for increasing humidity in your home.
- Put high humidity plants together in a group. When you group high humidity plants around each other, this creates a humid microclimate. The plants will continue to release moisture around each other through transpiration.
- Place a pebble tray underneath your high humidity plants. I purchased small rocks at a hardware store and placed them on a planter tray. Place your planter on the tray. Put enough water in the tray until it hits the planter bottom and the water will evaporate around the plant.
- Get a high-quality humidifier and run it daily near your houseplants.
- Mist your plants. Some people say this doesn’t help, but I think it does so I continue to do it.
- Place high-humidity plants in your bathroom. I place certain high humidity plants in my shower and they’re thriving.
Propagating a Peperomia Frost is quite easy. All you have to do is take a stem cutting at a 45 degree angle right under a node. Place this stem cutting in a glass of filtered water and watch your stem root over the next month. Make sure to clean out your propagation water once a week so algae doesn’t build up in the glass.
I don’t clean out the water more than once a week because the plant is giving out root hormone and I want that to help grow the plant.
Peperomia Frost Common Questions
Is Peperomia Frost rare?
Peperomia Frost are not known to be rare since they are readily available in-person and online. You can even purchase this plant on Etsy and an online plant shop like Steve’s Leave’s.
How much is a Peperomia Frost?
For a 4-inch pot, you can expect to pay around $10 for a Peperomia Frost. They are quite affordable and you’ll find them at most local plant stores and even online plant shops.
How do you care for Peperomia Frost?
To make sure your Philodendron Gloriosum thrives, place it in bright indirect sunlight near your other high humidity plants. This tropical plant prefers to stay moist, so don’t let it completely dry out.
Can I mist my Peperomia?
Peperomia Frost like higher than average humidity and may enjoy being misted. If you live in an extra dry climate like the desert, your plant may benefit from misting on a regular basis.
Do Peperomia Frost like to be root bound?
Peperomia Frost like to be slightly root bound. You can check if your plant is root bound by feeling around the pot (if the planter pot is plastic) or by taking out the plant entire with its soil.
If your plant is indeed root bound, it may be time to move up the plant in a pot that is 1-2 inches larger.
Is Peperomia Frost easy to care for?
As long as you give your plant average to higher humidity, bright indirect sunlight, and adequate water, your Peperomia Frost will thrive.
Is Peperomia Frost a fast grower?
Peperomia Frost and the Peperomia family are known to be slow growers.
How big do Peperomia Frost get?
Peperomia Frost get to be about 1 foot wide and tall.
Why is my Peperomia Frost dying?
Peperomia are almost succulent-like with their leaves and can store a lot of water. Houseplant enthusiasts often forget this and tend to overwater the plant, leading to its slow death. As long as you catch this early and are careful to not overwater for too long, your plant may be just fine.
How do I make my Peperomia Frost larger?
This plant is a slow grower, but as long as you take care of it properly, it will grow the way it should. Fertilize once a month using a diluted fertilizer or slow release fertilizer during growing season. Make sure to not use tap water when feeding your plant and use filtered water instead.
Does Peperomia Frost climb?
Peperomia Frost don’t climb and instead are known for their bushiness and dangling off a planter.
Does Peperomia Frost bloom?
Peperomia Frost don’t bloom, but from time to time grow little spikes that almost look like cat tails.
How do you propagate Peperomia Frost?
You can easily propagate a Peperomia Frost by taking a stem cutting with clean pruners. Cut the stem at a 45 degree angle right below a node and place the cutting in filtered water. I like to put my cuttings in an area where they are getting a good amount of sun, but no direct sunlight.
Any time I bring a new plant home, I cut off a stem and propagate it in case the main plant dies on me.
Why is my Peperomia Frost droopy?
Your Peperomia Frost may be droopy because it’s underwatered. These plants don’t like to completely dry out for too long but also don’t like to be waterlogged. It’s important to find that medium between dry and overwatered with this plant.
Can I water my plant using tap water?
I do not use tap water on my houseplants because our tap water is filled with minerals and properties that hurt our houseplants.
We use a reverse osmosis system and water our houseplants using that system.You can also let tap water sit out for 12 hours before using it. Depending on where you live, your tap water may be just fine.
Is the Peperomia Frost toxic to pets?
No, this plant is not toxic to pets. You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.
Peperomia Frost may be prone to mealy bugs, spider mites, and white fly. All of these pests can hurt your plant which is why prevention is key.
To help prevent any pest infestations on your plant, here’s what to do.
- If possible, inspect your plant before purchasing at the plant store. If you’re buying a plant online, inspect your plant away from your other plants.
- Regularly check your plants for pests. This is also a great time to clean your plants.
- Cut off dead leaves.
If you find a plant that has pests on it, quarantine the plant away from your houseplants and clean the plant with an organic or nonorganic insecticide.
I use Bonide Systemic on my plants as a preventative and Captain Jacks to kill pests. I spray the plant and wipe down the leaves and stems twice a week for a month until I know the infestation is gone. Make sure to check all of your other plants as it is easy for pests to spread.
Brown tips: If your Peperomia Frost has brown tips, this may mean you are watering your plant too often. Use the chopstick method or finger method when checking your plants soil before you water.
Yellowing leaves: If your Peperomia Frost has yellow leaves, this can be due to the plant getting overwatered.
Curly leaves: If your Peperomia Frost has curling leaves, this may be due to not getting enough water. Plants typically curl their leaves to help reduce transpiration and prevent water loss.
Key Points To Remember
Your Peperomia Frost will thrive in your home as long as you give it bright indirect sunlight, adequate water, and fertilizer during the growing season. Your plant may even reward you with some cattail spikes!
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