Peperomia "Happy Bean", or Peperomia ferreyrae, is a small semi-succulent plant with distinctive pea-pod shaped fleshy bright green leaves that grow in a whorl, or spiral, from the base of the plant - there are often three or more whorls of leaves forming a cluster. If left unchecked, the stems can grow into rather erratic shapes, so if you prefer neatness, you can train the stems around stakes. Once the stems get long, the plant loses its compact, bushy habit, which can be maintained by pinching out the growing tip to encourage branching. Unusually for a plant from the rainforest, this species is succulent, meaning that it stores moisture in its tissues. As an epiphyte (a plant that lives on the branches of another plant), this species needs to find ways of capturing and storing water that doesn't rely on roots in deep and rich soil. The Happy Bean has a weakly developed root system, so any excess moisture they can capture is stored in the fleshy foliage and stems.
This plant originates in the warm, humid forests of Peru, so it requires dappled light, warm conditions and humidity. Bathrooms and kitchens are ideal locations, and they will do very well on windowsills (providing there is no intense sunlight - North or East facing windowsills are ideal.
Medium - high. Avoid direct sunlight
The soil should be allowed to dry out a little between watering. Misting the foliage is beneficial in dry rooms
Pinch out the growing tip to maintain a bushy habit and to encourage branching
A little dilute fertilizer can be added to the water at every watering
Pest & Diseases
Generally pest free, but keep an lookout for mealybugs. These can be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel
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