With lush green leaves and a small, compact body, Peperomia Rana Verde is a hybrid plant, bred by male and female Peperomia Albovittata cultivars, which is why it is often known by its full name “Peperomia Albovittata Rana Verde”.
Even though it has a very unique structure, it is commonly confused with some other plant species, such as “Piccolo Banda”, “Obtipan” and even its parent plants. However, knowing some of its particular features may help you spot it in a botanical crowd. For example, Rana Verde has larger leaves than Banda and it has a more compact body and thinner leaves as compared to an Obtipan plant, which is upright and has thicker foliage, and its green upper surface of the leaves distinguishes it from both the parent plants which have slightly different colored leaves.
About the Genus Peperomia
The Piperaceae family of plants has two rather larger genera. One of these is the genus Peperomia, also known as the Radiator plant. This genus has over 1000 known species and almost all of them are compact epiphytes that like to grow on rotten wood in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.
Even though their species vary greatly in terms of appearance, these plants usually have thick stems with lush, green, fleshy leaves that they are particularly adored for. Some may have leaves shaped like hearts and others may have them shaped like a lance, their size may vary from 1 to 4 inches and they may have different designs on them like stripes and borders. If they bloom, they grow little orange spikes that might go unnoticed sometimes.
Because of its shape and physical features, a Peperomia plant is very easily confused with a succulent, but it is not one. It is a semi-succulent and differs from a pure succulent in terms of its humidity tolerance and watering needs.
Peperomia Rana Verde Classification
- Family: Piperaceae
- Subfamily: Piperoideae
- Genus: Peperomia
Common names and Synonyms:
- Peperomia Albovittata Rana Verde
- Rippled Chinese Money Plant
- Peperomia Ripple
Origin and Distribution of Peperomia Rana Verde
As discussed earlier, the plant is a hybrid and was first crossed in 2012, so it is a rather new plant in the family. The crossing was conducted in Sappemeer, Netherlands. The newly bred plant was planted and grown into a mature Rana Verde, which was then asexually reproduced in 2013 to create uniform generations of the plant.
The Peperomia plants are more commonly found in Central and northern South America as well as some areas of Africa.
Structure and Features of Peperomia Rana Verde
Stem and Foliage
The stems have a branching habit and can have as many as 12 main divisions. Their shape is round and their texture is smooth.
The leaves of this plant are rippled, thin and lush green on top. They have an alternate arrangement and can be as many as 14 on a single branch. Also, the leaves are ovate and broad and are mostly flat but can be slightly convex. They have a glabrous texture on both sides. However, their top surface is glossy while the lower surface is mostly matte. The leaves also have an interesting, pinnate venation pattern on them.
These beautiful plants are evergreen and can stay green and healthy all year long if given the proper Peperomia Rana Verde care. If their leaves start to turn yellow, it means they need help.
Peperomia Rana Verde is a fairly small plant that grows only as tall as 4 to 6 inches and spreads the same length as well. It only weighs about 1 lb, so it is very easy to move them around the house.
Rana Verde is not a temperature tolerant plant. It loves warm climates but anything extreme will make it dry and dull quickly, so make sure you don’t leave it outside or under direct sunlight.
These plants have a fibrous root system and an inconspicuous flowering system. If they do bloom, they do it during the summer season and grow tiny orange spikes that are smaller than an inch. They do not have any fragrance either, so they are very easily missed.
Since it is a semi-succulent, it is not as drought-resistant as a regular cactus, but even still, it can conserve water for a very long time, especially in winters.
Unfortunately, this plant is not entirely disease resistant, and the most dangerous yet the most common, the disease they get is Pythium.
Pythium is a fungal infection that only attacks the plant when its soil is water-clogged. It targets the roots and stem of the plant and can kill the whole plant quickly. And what’s worse is that it only shows symptoms after reaching an advanced stage so it is not easy to treat the plant at that point.
It may show up as black spots on the stems of the plant or drooping, pale and curling leaves that just make the plant look generally unwell. The easiest way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to avoid water-clogged soil. Monitor the soil’s texture and keep a check on your watering routine. Make sure that your pot is breathable and has a good drainage system. And if you do find the disease in its early stage, pruning and repotting the plant may be your best, and possibly your only choice.
Even though Peperomias are fairly resistant to pests and bugs, an occasional visit by fungus gnats, spider mites, and mealybugs can be expected.
Fungus gnats are easily visible in the soil to the naked eye and only cause more damage to the roots as larvae. The adult versions are not as damaging to the plant. Mulching around the plant with sand should help control this problem. If not sand, you can also use cinnamon powder on the top of your soil.
For spider mites and mealybugs, neem oil and alcohol may be of help. You can also try and use the insecticidal spray if these natural remedies don’t work for you.
These plants have a fairly low to moderate growth rate, depending on their age, environment, and genetics. So, clearly, they demand a lot of patience while growing.
Peperomia Rana Verde is declared to be non-toxic by the SPCA and is safe to be kept around pets. However, it is still a good idea to keep them out of the reach of animals and children because of the possibility of different kinds of chemicals, dust, and micro-organisms that could be stuck on the plant’s surface.
Because of their perennial life cycle, these plants are very durable and live as long as decades if given the right Peperomia Rana Verde care required. A durable plant is always favorable to the finance of the caretaker.
Peperomia Rana Verde Care
Keeping in mind that this plant is only a semi-succulent, its tolerance and needs are very particular and different from a usual cactus plant. Still, they are not very hard to rake care of. They thrive in moderate temperatures and humidity and are only bummed out by extreme environments.
For Peperomias, it is always better to water less than watering more. Use the “soak and dry” method and water thoroughly once and wait for it to dry completely before you water it again. To make sure that it is time to water your plant, check the soil with your finger, and make sure it is dry as deep as two inches. The watering needs become even less in winters as the leaves start to conserve even more water, so water it sparingly to make sure the soil does not get clogged.
This plant loves a well-drained soil that has a pH of 6.1 to 7.3 (slightly acidic to neutral). It prefers a peat-based soil, meaning that the soil is a mix of two parts peat and one part perlite or sand. The basic focus should be that the soil drains well and does not accumulate any water.
A well-drained pot is one that is not glazed, allows evaporation, and contains holes that are big enough to drain out any excess water. Wet, water-clogged soil is a huge no-no for a Peperomia Rana Verde.
Partial shade works best for this particular specie but that does not mean that it doesn’t love bright lights. Put it under bright, indirect light or behind a shade cloth to protect it from any damage from the direct sunlight.
Ideal temperatures for this plant start from 65 to 75F, which is 18 to 24 degrees in Celsius, so they can grow fairly well in room temperatures. However, extreme winters are not an ally. Any temperature lower than 50F (10 degrees Celsius) can be damaging to the plant. So, as soon as it starts getting colder, try and move the plant to a warmer spot.
Fortunately, this plant is humidity tolerant, meaning that it can grow well in moderately humid environments. It enjoys a little moisture in the air. So, during the warm days of summer, misting the plant is a good idea. If it seems to be a little too dry around the plant, you can always put the pot in a tray or container that has a little water at the bottom. The water will evaporate and keep the air around the plant nice and humid.
Rana Verde will only require fertilizer during the growing days in spring and summer. During spring, you can feed it once every two weeks, while once a month is enough for the plant in summers. Diluted, liquid fertilizers are preferred over the other types.
You will not need a lot of frequent re-potting for this plant as it has a rather small root system. If your plant has outgrown the pot and you do decide to re-pot it, preferably do it in spring and choose a shallow pot that is bigger than the old one.
These plants can sometimes start to overgrow and get out of shape. You can trim it and cut it off in areas where it is growing too long. Grooming can help it look healthy and neater.
Cultivation and Propagation
There are several ways to propagate this plant. You can use seeds, stem cuttings, and leaves.
The easiest method is to use the stem tip cuttings.
- Simply take 5 to 8 centimeters of the stem tip with a few leaves on it.
- Fill up a small pot with fresh, customized potting mix and plant the cutting in it.
- Provide it with the optimum environment, with the warm temperature and bright light, and watch it grow.
If you want to propagate through the leaves of the plant, here is how you can do that.
- Prepare a pot or tray with the soil mix and clean all your equipment to avoid any fungal spread.
- Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut your favorite leaf off the plant, with or without the stem.
- Now you can either use the whole leaf or cut it in half. Make a small hole (1 to 2 centimeters deep) in the soil in the pot and put the leaf in it.
- Press the soil around it and put it under good light and temperature.
- Water it appropriately and wait for it to start sprouting.
Peperomia Rana Verde Timeline
Week 1-2: Pot the plant under good light and warm temperature, and water it efficiently.
Week 2-3: If given the proper Peperomia Rana Verde care, you will see roots starting to appear in about 14 days.
Month 1-2: You will now see a small shoot that is eventually going to grow into a leaf.
Month 2-4: Proper roots will develop by now and the plant will start growing stems and leaves.
Some Common FAQs
Are Peperomias high maintenance?
These plants do not require a lot of water, but they like to live in a particular range of temperature and sunlight and need to be fertilized and groomed as well. Keeping this in mind, even though they don’t require a lot of your time and money, they are still not exactly low-maintenance either.
Peperomia Rana Verde Yellow Leaves Reason?
The most common cause of yellow leaves is soggy stems. This can be a result of either over-watering the plant or lack of drainage in the pot. But soggy stems can do more than just make your plant look pale. It can cause root rot and kill your plant in no time. To prevent this from happening, only water your plant when it is dry, do not mist too often, and make sure the pot is airy and breathable. As for the dried, pale leaves, it is best if you cut them off and start from scratch.
Why are the Leaves of My Rana Verde Curling?
A Peperomia plant that is deficient in calcium can exhibit curling of its leaves. This deficiency can be a result of either over-watering or extremely acidic soil. Fix your soil’s pH and its watering schedule and it will be fine.
Using and Displaying Peperomia Rana Verde Plant
Because of their strikingly beautiful foliage, these plants are a hit for indoor decorations. You can put them in the bright, airy rooms and halls of your house and they will thrive with immense pleasure and beauty. Not only will they clean the air you breathe, but they will also add “oomph!” of color to your living space. You can display these individually, or put them next to other semi-succulents and succulents. Their size makes it easy for them to be kept on shelves, desks, and window sills.
The Peperomia Albovittata Rana Verde is a small, gorgeously green houseplant that grows in well-lit, warm conditions and needs water only when completely dry. It is easy to take care of and does not require a lot of your time and attention. Because of its size and broad, glossy leaves, it is very easy to style and display it around your house and office.