Peperomia Kokedama – Peperomia angulata, evergreen succulent, planted in the moss ball.
Beetle Peperomia, Peperomia angulata called also P. quadrangularis is a small houseplant with creeping stems. The dark green leaves have attractive lighter green stripes, adding to its year-round interest.
Peperomia is a delightful, easy-to-grow houseplant which would be my first recommendation for a beginner plant parent. It can tolerate most of the conditions, dealing with any delay with watering patiently… Plus, it’s rather a slow grower, so you don’t need a lot of room to grow it and you won’t ever bother to repotting her.
Grow peperomia in a medium or bright spot to keep the plant happiest. They can tolerate low light, but don’t grow as well and their foliage may not be as interesting (getting more pale green colour), as well as stems will grow longer.
If we would like to add something more about Beetle Peperomia care would be its origins. It hails from South America, where is high humidity and the temperatures are warm. That would be also the best condition for it. Nevertheless from my experience, she cares more about warm than humidity. To second that, it comes its another name, the radiator plant, given after its love of warm weather.
The form of kokedama allows it to either stand on a ceramic base, shell, bark of wood and be placed on window sills, tables or hung from the ceiling or at the windows as a solitary on in a group, as a string garden.
“Kokedama (苔玉, in English, literally “moss ball”, koke – moss, tama – ball) is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of the nearai 根洗い (literally “root wash,” but meaning “no pot”) bonsai and kusamono planting styles. Today, Kokedama is very popular in Japanese gardens. “
Kokedama, is the youngest of bonsai varieties technique. It was established in the 90s in Japan. Initially, it wasn’t covered with moss or any other material. The idea to cover the soil and roots with moss came much later and it is still very young. Moss gives an additional cover, ensuring longer moisture retention and add extra aesthetic values. Kokedamas warm the cold interiors, giving it a friendly and unique character.
Each time you notice that your kokedama are air weight-light they will need watering. For Peperomia Kokedama roughly recommendation is each 7 days, depending on the humidity in your apartment. To water kokedama, place it in the water, plant side up. Slightly push the moss ball down so that it is fully submerged and begins to absorb water. In the beginning, it will float over the surface, wait till it will drown. Allow soaking for 10-15 minutes, or until fully saturated with water. Remove kokedama from the water, gently squeeze the moss ball to allow excess water to drain, you might also shape it properly. Leave it overnight to drain all the excess water.
This variety of peperomia can effectively hold water in their fleshy stems and leaves during times of drought, so they can hold their own if you forget to water or go on vacation. Of course, I do not recommend water her less frequently, but it is definitely a forgiving plant.
You don’t really need to fertilize peperomias, but you can if you’d like these easy-to-grow houseplants to grow a little faster. Use any fertilizer made for indoor plants and follow the directions on the packaging.
Peperomia angulata basic care&information:
Light: Bright to low light, avoiding direct sunlight.
Water: Low to medium watering, once a week will do 🙂 Less water is required during the winter but don’t let the soil dry out completely.
Temperature: Normal warm household temperatures. Needs a minimum of 16°C in winter.
Humidity: High. Although it’s doing fine in most of the apartments.
Origin: South America