Peperomia Pixie – How To Care For The Teardrop Peperomia

The Peperomia Pixie is one variety from more than a thousand ornamental Peperomia plants valued by indoor gardeners for their beautiful foliage. They come mainly from the Amazon basin in South America, where they grow in the understory of the rainforest. Their other attraction is that they are not demanding houseplants in terms of maintenance and will do well in most rooms in the home.

Peperomia Pixie is a small, easily maintained member of the Peperomia genus with furry lime-green leaves. It can be planted outdoors as a groundcover in tropical and subtropical climates out of direct sunlight, but it thrives all year round as an indoor plant. It only grows to around six inches tall.

The Pixie is one of the smallest Peperomias and takes the form of a compact, upright little bush. It belongs to the Peperomia Orbus species, commonly referred to as the Peperomia Teardrop or Teardrop Peperomia. It is a sport, meaning a genetic mutation, of the Peperomia Orbus.

Characteristics Of Peperomia Pixie

This plant is characterized by its small, furry, lime-green, or greyish-green oval-shaped leaves with a pointed end. Its small habit means it is ideal for growing in terrariums, but it is also beautiful in pots and small hanging baskets. A white stripe runs down each leaf’s center.

Close inspection of the leaves reveals fine irregular, dark-green lines on the surface. The flowers are small, inconspicuous pale green to white spikes that last only a few weeks. Flowering usually occurs late in the summer months.

Growth Rate and Size

The fully mature plant is between six and eight inches tall and has a spread of around six inches. It is slow-growing and keeps its shape quite well. You can pinch off any odd stems that look too long, but the Pixie does not need pruning. Only remove infected or damaged leaves and stems.

Peperomia Pixie only reaches full maturity in seven to ten years.

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How To Care For Peperomia Pixie

Temperature and Humidity Requirements

The temperature should remain at a constant sixty-five to seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit to keep Peperomia Pixie happy. If the temperature drops below fifty degrees Fahrenheit for any length of time, the plant will not respond well.  

Ideally, humidity levels should be between fifty and eighty percent. The Pixie can be grown outdoors in partial shade or partial indirect sun, provided that the temperatures don’t drop too low. It can make a pretty groundcover outdoors if you live in a tropical or subtropical climate.

To up the humidity levels, you can place the pot on some pebbles in a shallow tray with some water in it. However, the plant must not be standing directly in the water as it doesn’t like wet feet. The tray must be shallow so that the water can evaporate easily.

Peperomia Pixie should not be placed where it is exposed to draughts from open windows and doors that will reduce the humidity around the plant. It is susceptible to frost and drought and does not like dry conditions.

Watering Guide

Watering Peperomia Pixie

Overwatering can cause root rot, so only water your Pixie when the top inch of the potting soil is dry to the touch. Water thoroughly, but make sure that excess water can drain out of the pot.

The plant needs much less water in winter than in summer. You should always test to ensure the soil is dry before watering to avoid sogginess building up. Rather give it too little water in winter than too much. The leaves do store a certain amount of water, so don’t panic if you miss a routine watering.

The plant only needs to be moderately moist in the growing season. Water with a watering can at the base of the plant with room temperature water.

Light Guide

Peperomia Pixie prefers indirect bright to medium sunlight or dappled shade. They don’t do well in low lighting, so it may be necessary to use some LED or fluorescent lights if the spot you want to put them in is a bit dark. It is possible to have a Pixie in an office lit with only fluorescent lighting.

An east-facing window is usually the best location for this plant, but it should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times. If a room has a western or southern exposure, the plant should be positioned several feet from the window. The leaves will burn in direct sunlight, causing them to wither.

If the light levels are too low, the leaves will turn yellow and start to wilt. The required humidity level ranges from medium to high, between fifty and eighty percent, and soil should be well-drained. Peperomia Pixie cannot handle a high soil moisture content.

Soil and Potting Requirements

As with all Peperomias, the Pixie does not like waterlogged soil. It should be well-drained with a mixture of two to one peat moss or perlite to potting soil. The preferred soil pH range is between 5 and 7.5. Orchid mix can also be added to ensure proper drainage. If the soil is constantly soggy, the roots will rot, and the plant cannot recover from this.

You can also try two parts peat moss to one part coarse sand or perlite as a potting mix. Don’t worry if your Pixie looks a bit rootbound – it prefers it this way. You can repot in the spring of every second year to refresh the soil, or you can just add new soil as a top dressing.

The pot must have enough holes in the bottom for proper drainage and good air circulation. If you are going to plant it in a garden bed, first make sure the soil is well-draining and adequately aerated.

Adding soil for potting

Fertilizer Requirements

Do not fertilize your Peperomia Pixie in autumn and winter. It is inactive during these months, and the fertilizer will do more harm than good. In the early spring, you can apply a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the strength recommended on the container.

You can continue to administer fertilizer throughout the growing season once every two weeks.

Potting and Repotting

There is no need for frequent or regular repotting of Peperomia Pixie because it likes being rootbound. Ideally, you should only repot to refresh the soil every three to five years. Take care not to hurt the sensitive roots when repotting, and always use fresh soil.

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Propagation Facts

Propagation should be undertaken in the early spring to late winter. Cut off a length of the stem of between one and two inches with two or three leaves attached. Dip the cut end in plant root hormone, then leave the cuttings to dry for a day or so. Plant the cuttings in a new pot filled with peat compost and water it before placing it in indirect sunlight.

You should see new growth and root formation after two to three weeks. When the cuttings are sufficiently sturdy, relocate them to their own pots containing well-drained soil. You can also propagate a cutting by placing it in a jar of water. When you see strong root growth, plant it in a pot.

The third propagation method is to cut a leaf where the petiole meets the stem and dip the tip of the cutting in root hormone. Push the leaf-cutting into the soil in a pot, make sure the leaf is in contact with the soil, and cover it with a plastic bag or wrap. Pierce numerous air holes into the plastic and make sure to keep it away from contact with the leaf.

As always, the soil should only be moist, and the cutting must not be placed in direct full sun. Remove the plastic wrap once every few days to circulate air and prevent the leaf from rotting.

Pests and Diseases

Adult Fungus Gnat

Fungus gnats can be a problem for Peperomia Pixie. They look like tiny mosquitoes, although they are actually a type of fly, and they feed on the organic material in the potting mixture. However, they have an unfortunate habit of leaving trails of slime on the surface of the leaves.

Control them with yellow sticky traps and keep their larvae away from the plant’s roots with small chunks of raw potato on top of the soil. They can also be killed with biological pesticides such as neem oil. Insecticide sprays for flying insects can also be used to get rid of them.

Mealybugs are another pest that can trouble your Pixie. They feed on the plant sap and then produce honeydew with a sugary content on which mold thrives. Dip a swab in isopropyl alcohol and gently rub the infested area with it or kill them with neem spray.

Thrips are small sapsucking insects that rob the leaves of nutrients. They can be seen flying around the plant and cause scarring and distorted plant growth. Neem oil is their nemesis, but you can also use yellow sticky traps and insecticidal soaps to get rid of them. Spider mites and scale insects are also sapsuckers that can be killed off with neem oil or insecticidal soap.

Peperomia Pixie is safe and non-toxic for pets and children.

Conclusions

Peperomia Pixie is an attractive little plant that can brighten up the office or home or grow in a mixed terrarium or planter. It is a perennial that needs very little maintenance and thrives in medium to bright indirect light when kept indoors.

References:

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