If there was an award for best houseplant, the Radiator plant would definitely be nominated, it might even win the crown. These tropical beauties are a native to Peru and are slightly bushy in appearance. The beautiful ornamental plant comes in a compact size that is perfect to fit in almost everywhere. The stem is reddish in color that sports bright green foliage, shaped in a boat-like appearance, looks glossy and rich. Plant parents around the world appreciate this cutie for its looks and low maintenance.
Common name: Radiator plant / Peperomia plant / Baby rubber plant
Scientific name: Peperomia nivalis
Size: This glossy shrub does not grow more than 30 cm high. Many members of this family do not surpass 15 cm height.
Maintenance: Looks can be deceiving. As this very expensive looking plant is actually low maintenance.
Toxicity: These tiny dudes are safe to be around, as they are non-toxic to pets and humans alike.
Where to keep the plant: It can definitely enhance the look of your workplace on a desk.
Hydrating the plant with less water but at regular intervals is the key. You can water once every week or so, or when the soil feels dry to touch.
Give this plant bright indirect light for best growth. However, this plant can do fair even in low lights. Being able to grow well even in artificial lights make these plants an ideal option as an indoor plant.
A decent well draining soil mix is suitable for the Radiator plants. You can even make a soil mix at home by adding compost as well as peat moss or perlite which will make the soil rich in nutrients as well as improve drainage.
The plant being of a succulent nature, it can thrive in less humidity (not excessively dry). Being said that, it can tolerate average humidity.
It is a light feeder that fairs well without any additional food given. However, to boost a rich foliage growth, you can use a mild liquid fertilizer during the growth season. Avoid using any fertilizers during dormant seasons.
The radiator plant is one little cutie that can multiply like crazy due to the many ways it can be propagated. You can use stem cuttings or division. Both the methods work fine. Cuttings have to be dried out for a couple of days before potting it. Using a root hormone can speed up the process. Other than that, division can also be real quick if you take a good clump of healthy roots without harming the plant.