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Peperomia prostrata hort.

string of turtles

A compact, trailing, evergreen perennial with red stems bearing circular leaves to 1.5cm across. The leaves are dark green with lighter markings along the veins. From spring to summer it produces upright, slender, tail-like spikes of tiny brown flowers

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Brown Green
Summer Brown Green
Autumn Brown Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Piperaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing
Genus

Peperomia are evergreen perennials with simple, often succulent leaves and very small greenish-white flowers borne in slender spikes or panicles

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in houseplant compost in bright indirect light while in growth, moving into full light in winter. Water moderately in summer, sparingly in winter, preferably with tepid, soft water. From spring to summer apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. See Peperomia and houseplant cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed at 19-24°C when ripe; take stem cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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