Variegated Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia 'Variegata') is a popular houseplant with stunning foliage that features creamy white and green leaves with hints of pink. This plant is native to Central and South America and is known for its easy care and ability to thrive in low to medium light conditions. Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant is a great choice for those who want to add some color and texture to their indoor space without having to put in a lot of effort.
Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant Care Instructions:
Light: Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant prefers bright, indirect light, but can also tolerate some shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. If the leaves start to turn yellow, it may be an indication that the plant is receiving too much direct light.
Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so be careful not to let the plant sit in standing water. It's important to water the plant thoroughly, but make sure to allow excess water to drain away.
Humidity: This plant prefers high humidity. You can increase the humidity around the plant by misting it regularly or placing a humidifier nearby. Alternatively, you can place the pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water. A lack of humidity can cause the leaves to brown and curl.
Temperature: Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant thrives in temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C), and does not tolerate extreme temperature changes well. Keep it away from drafty areas such as doors and windows. It's best to keep the plant in a location with a consistent temperature.
Fertilizer: Feed your Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilize during the winter months when the plant is dormant. Over-fertilizing can cause the leaves to burn, so it's important to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package.
Pruning: Prune your Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any yellow or brown leaves and trim the tips if they become damaged. You can also pinch back the growing tips to encourage bushier growth. Pruning the plant will also help to prevent it from becoming too leggy.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting soil with a pH between 5.5-6.5. The soil should be rich in organic matter and have good aeration to prevent waterlogging. Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant is susceptible to root rot, so it's important to use a soil mix that drains well.
Repotting: Repot your Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant every 2-3 years or when the roots outgrow the pot. Choose a well-draining potting mix and a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Be gentle when handling the roots, and water the plant thoroughly after repotting.
Pet-friendly or toxic to pets?
According to the ASPCA's website, the Tricolor Baby Rubber Plant is toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting, drooling, and difficulty swallowing if ingested. Keep it out of reach of your furry friends or opt for pet-friendly plants.