Piper crocatum, aka Steffensia crocata, Ornate Pepper Vine, Red Betel, or Celebes Pepper, is a cascading vine, or creeping climber if given the support, native to South America. The olive green surfaces of its heart-shaped leaves are puckered, as well as heavily spotted with pinkish silver markings. The undersides of each leaf are a contrasting deep maroon, providing a colourful display in your home.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
It is important to keep your plant in a space that receives bright, indirect light with relative humidity and warmth, they won't be as forgiving in fluctuating temperatures and with inconsistent care. Steady environmental conditions are best! Also, like most pipers, they may form small, black beads on the backsides of the leaves and stems. As long as there is no other pest damage present, this is normal physiology and not an insect infestation.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.