Peperomia fraseri, more commonly known as the Flowering Peperomia, is a flowering plant native to Central America. It is a woody and evergreen shrub that can reach anywhere between two to five feet in height. The plant has ornamental foliage made up of shiny dark leaves with scalloped and ridged edges, and the flowers are small and off-white or white in color.
In warmer climates, Peperomia fraseri makes an excellent outdoors groundcover. It is able to tolerate light shade and requires regular but moderate amounts of water. The Flowering Peperomia is great for regions within the USDA Zones 9-11, but can also survive in colder climates if kept in a pot or container.
When growing this plant indoors in cold areas, it is important to provide plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. The Flowering Peperomia grows best in a pot filled with well-draining, soil-based container mix. Make sure to water regularly, but don't over-water as the plant can become susceptible to root rot. Allow the surface of soil to dry out between waterings. The pot should also have a few drainage holes at the bottom for adequate drainage.
In addition, adding a thin layer of mulch over the soil is beneficial as it helps in reducing moisture loss from the soil and also prevents weeds from sprouting up. During the cold months of winter, the plant may enter a period of dormancy and may not require as much water. As the temperature and sunlight increase, the plant will start to grow and become more active again.
Overall, the Flowering Peperomia is a great houseplant for those who live in cold regions and can make for a great addition to any garden. With the right conditions and regular care, one can enjoy the beauty of these plants all year round.