In this article, we will talk about the succulent Peperomia nivalis. We recommend you to have this beautiful succulent once you already have some experience with the care of succulents in general since it is a little more delicate and you have to follow it during the first months to verify that we are providing it with the proper care and that it does not get sick.
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Characteristics of Peperomia nivalis
This fantastic succulent is native to Peru and belongs to the piperaceae family.
The Peperomia nivalis is one of the few succulents that we can have indoors without problem, it does not need a lot of lighting, so it is not necessary to leave it “glued” to a window to be well, a place with medium-light will be enough.
Its leaves are fleshy, they seem to be folded and by the central part of that fold we can appreciate a translucent union between them, this is why its leaves have that form of pie, its color is bright green, its stems are also fleshy, erect and can reach a height of up to 6” (15 cm).
It is a beautiful plant that, when we learn to take care of it, beautifies our home, here we explain the care you should take with it to keep it healthy.
Care of Peperomia nivalis:
Follow all these tips to properly care for your Peperomia nivalis. We will also explain how to propagate it easily.
As we told you at the beginning its light or illumination needs are a little different from most succulents, this pretty Peperomia nivalis does not need to be exposed to large amounts of light, you should place it somewhere where it has several hours of average light and it will be fine.
You should also have it in semi-shade, our experience with this little plant has taught us that its behavior is very similar to that of the haworthias, it does not like to be exposed to direct sunlight because it tends to turn yellow.
As an additional fact, this is one of the few succulents that can thrive well under grow lights.
Unlike other succulents, the Peperomia nivalis is a plant with which we have to reach a balance, as it does not tolerate overwatering, but neither that we leave the substrate completely dry.
So, we must try to water it deeply every 7 to 10 days, in summer we may have to increase the frequency of irrigation (depending on the temperature in the area where you live), avoid keeping the substrate waterlogged.
A sign that will indicate that we are watering our Peperomia nivalis in excess is that it begins to “dry out”, exactly, this can cause us much confusion, so if you see that its leaves are wilting, you may be overwatering it.
Spraying between irrigations can help to maintain its hydration level, but they do not replace the irrigations that we should be giving it.
Remember to reduce watering in autumn and winter, providing water once a month will be enough.
Peperomias nivalis will thrive best in a cool, but not dry environment, its ideal average temperature is between 50 and 77°F (10° and 25°C).
It is necessary to be attentive to seasonal changes, as it does not favor sudden changes in temperature or air currents.
One of the conditions that we have to preserve is relative humidity, so we should use a mixture of a substrate in which we include a little perlite, remember that your substrate must have good drainage so you should also add coarse sand.
We recommend this soil for succulents (Order it here).
A recommendation for our Peperomia nivalis to take proper advantage of fertilization, is to do it during its active growth period which is during the spring and summer.
It is good to fertilize it with liquid fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer granules, if in the substrate of your succulent you have already added worm humus it will not be necessary to place something else (Order it here).
How to Propagate Peperomia nivalis
Peperomia nivalis is easy to propagate, this can be done either with stem cuttings or with its leaves.
The procedure is very simple, we only have to select the stems and the healthy leaves and of the good size of our peperomias, the stem cuttings we will cut them with the help of a disinfected knife, and later we will let them dry one or two days to later plant them in a loose substrate and preferably with worm humus.
We recommend the use of rooting hormone for better propagation success (Order it here).
If we do the propagation by leaf once we separate them from the plant we can place them immediately on a layer of 0.4” (1 cm) high substrate in a place where it does not receive direct sunlight and is a little ventilated and wait for it to develop a new plant.
Learn more about How to Propagate Succulents in Water.
Flowering Peperomia Nivalis:
Peperomia nivalis blooms in late winter and early spring, its flowers are tiny, they are spike-shaped, and are born at the end of long flower stalks, they can go unnoticed as they are not very showy, but very curious.
Frequent Problems in The Peperomia Nivalis:
One of the biggest problems we should have with our Peperomia nivalis are those caused by overwatering, by giving it excessive water we can cause our little plant to lose many of its leaves, these begin to wilt or present scab-like protuberances.
It is also very sensitive to sudden changes in temperature, so if your Peperomia nivalis starts to lose leaves, and you are sure that you are not overwatering it, the sudden temperature change may be the cause.
It is also susceptible to cottony bug attacks, so be sure to check it from time to time both on the stems and under its leaves to detect this pest in time to combat it.
As you can see, the Peperomia nivalis is an excellent choice if you are looking for a succulent that you can have inside your home, besides its size will give a nice touch to any place where you decide to place it.