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Schumi Red Peperomia

Peperomia caperata Schumi Red

Schumi Red Peperomia Plant Features

Add a bold dose of color and texture to your home or office with Schumi Red Peperomia. Though it's a small houseplant well suited to windowsills, desks, and tabletops, it has a distinct look that stands apart from other indoor plant. Each leaf has a rippled, almost corrugated texture, and bears a rich reddish-purple color that's often deeper on the leaf underside. In bright light, you might notice the leaves have a sparkly or metallic appearance. 

Schumi Red grows in a mounding habit, like other Peperomia caperata. While it can tolerate lowish light levels, it thrives in areas of your home that are on the brighter side. Its reddish-purple color makes for a lovely contrast against green-leafed plants, but it can also be a wonderful complement for red- or purple-flowering anthurium, Colorful Aglaonema, Fittonia, and other variegated varieties. 

Schumi Red Peperomia Growing Instructions

Light
Schumi Red Peperomia holds up well in low to average light levels, but truly thrives in medium to bright  (but indirect) light. It does equally well under natural light as artificial light. Like many understory houseplants, take care not to expose it to much direct afternoon sun, particularly in Southern climates and hot-summer areas. Direct sun can cause unsightly sunburn, which appears as bleached patching on the leaves. 

Water
Water Peperomia Schumi Red when the top couple of inches of the potting mix start to feel dry to the touch. This peperomia holds water in its fleshy stems, so it can tolerate drying out a bit if necessary. Avoid overwatering, which can cause the roots to suffocate, die, and rot away. It's better to keep this small houseplant too dry than too wet.

Humidity
Because it has thick, almost rubbery leaves, Schumi Red Peperomia tolerates average relative humidity levels. But like most tropical houseplants, it appreciates above-average moisture in the air. Place it near a small humidifier, in a terrarium or plant case, or group it close by other houseplants to give it a boost. 

Fertilizing
Peperomia caperata Schumi Red doesn’t require regular feedings, but you can fertilize in spring or summer. Use a fertilizer formulated for houseplants or container plants. Follow the directions on the product packaging, and never use more fertilizer (in terms of quantity or frequency) than the instructions on the product’s packaging recommend.

Pruning
Peperomia Schumi Red grows in a low mounded form in a pot. Because of the compact nature of this plant, it doesn’t require pruning unless you want to remove a leaf or two to create a more pleasing visual effect. Clip off any dead or yellowing leaves.

This variety is grown for ornamental use and is not intended for human or animal consumption. We advise keeping it out of reach from children or pets that may nibble. 


  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Low light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Purple

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage
    Purifies the air
    Super-easy to grow


Complement your Schumi Red Peperomia with these varieties:
Watermelon Peperomia
Contrast Watermelon Peperomia's silvery stripes with the stunning purple-red foliage of Schumi Red.

Polka Dot Begonia
Enjoy Polka Dot Begonia's unique color and against Schumi Red Peperomia's elegant texture.

Anthurium
Schumi Red Peperomia looks great grown alongside flowering anthuriums.