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Peperomia Piccolo Banda is a relatively new addition to the Peperomia family and a welcome one too, with it’s beautiful silver and green leaves and its classic compact Peperomia size, the Piccolo Banda makes the perfect desk plant. It’s a plant that requires low maintenance but if you want to learn the ideal growing conditions then take a look at our Peperomia Piccolo Banda care guide.
We would recommend not placing your Peperomia Piccolo Banda in direct light as this could cause the colourings to fade. Medium to bright light should work well for this plant. It may not do so well under low light conditions so make sure you don’t place it too far from a light source. A north or east facing room should be fine for this plant or if you choose to place it in a west or south facing room you may want to pull it back from the window (in the northern hemisphere).
Ideally your plant would be kept around a medium level of humidity. However it should generally be fine with whatever the levels in your home are unless you happen to live somewhere with very dry hot air and then you should add some humidity or mist your plants.
Keep the Piccolo Banda away from heating systems and this can artificially dry out the air around the plant.
The Peperomia Piccolo Banda does not need to be watered too often. It has semi succulent leaves which means that if you overwater it the leaves can become squishy and the plant can be susceptible to root rot. Instead wait for your plant to dry out between waterings and then water it thoroughly. If you find it difficult to gauge when the soil has dried out then we would recommend using a moisture meter. You simply stick the probes into the soil and it gives you a reading of how moist the soil is. When the reading says dry give it a drink.
Well draining soil is an absolute must as this plant does not like to sit in water or soggy soil. It’s also important that the pot you use has drainage holes. We would recommend adding perlite to your potting mix for aeration.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda prefers to be kept a bit warm. It won’t do well in low temperatures or new open windows or doors. Try to keep it in a room that stays relatively warm.
Just like many other types of Peperomia, the Piccolo Banda is very easy to propagate and you can have lots of new plants in no time. The first way you can do this is to take a cutting of your plant on the stem with a couple of leaves attached. Then place your cutting into water. Make sure you change the water once a week and watch your cutting start to grow roots. Once you have a small root system you can plant this cutting in soil.
The other option is to take a leaf, cut the leaf in half and plant the half leaf directly into soil. Doing this you should start to see little shoots coming off the leaf. Both methods can work but we would recommend taking more than one cutting for a higher chance of success.
Your Peperomia Piccolo Banda is not going to grow very large, they’re little plants that put out new growth but stick to their small size. With this in mind you won’t need to fertilise your plant that often. We would recommend using plant food once a month during the growing season.
Feel free to cut off the dead leaves from this plant as it will be able to focus its growing energies on new leaves. The best time to trim your Piccolo Banda is at the start of the growing season but if you’re keeping it indoors as a houseplant then there’s no reason you can’t trim off dead leaves as you see them.
Peperomia Piccolo Banda FAQ
We hope you’ve found our Peperomia Piccolo Banda care guide useful, if you would like to learn more about how to look after this little plant then check out some of these frequently asked questions below.
Is Peperomia Piccolo Banda an easy plant to care for?
Yes Peperomia Piccolo Banda is a relatively easy plant to care for and completely suitable for beginners. They don’t have many care requirements and can even survive with a little bit of neglect.
Where can I put my Peperomia Piccolo Banda?
Your Peperomia Piccolo Banda won’t grow to be that large so you can really pop it anywhere. You don’t need a large space and you don’t really need to think too much about trailing vines. This type just like many other species of Peperomia make great desk plants. Just avoid direct light as this can damage the plant.
Why is Peperomia Piccolo Banda called a radiator plant?
Peperomia get called Radiator Plants due to their love of being warm but it can actually be damaging to keep your Peperomia on top of a radiator as the heat and dry air can cause it to dry out too quickly causing damage to the plant.
Do Peperomia Piccolo Banda plants grow big?
No these plants do not grow very big which makes them perfect plants for the small spaces in your home that need brightening up. Although they don’t grow very big they do push out a lot of new leaves during the growing season which makes them perfect plants for propagation.
Are Peperomia Piccolo Banda plants fast growing?
Yes, Peperomia Piccolo Banda put out new growth relatively quickly. They don’t grow very large but you will see new leaves appearing all the time throughout the growing season. This also makes it a great plant for propagation.
If you have any other questions on how to care for this quirky little plant then please leave them in the comments below. Also feel free to share your photos of your Peperomia!