These semi succulents are popular house plants with shade tolerance and drought resistance. The Ecuador, South American native, low maintenance peacock plants are a great addition to your plant collection.
Piccolo Banda is actually a variety of the species albovittata. Thus the full botanical name of the plant is Peperomia albovittata ‘piccolo banda’. The term ‘albovittata’ means ‘having white bands or stripes’. This name is in reference to the prominent white pattern of stripes on the leaf surface.
The plants are semi succulents, so they need very little water. These drought tolerant plants can bear water shortages for a considerable time span. You can water them once a week in summer. However, watering the plants thrice a month would be enough for the winters. Always make sure to keep the upper 2 inches of the soil dry between the intervals. Soggy soil will lead to different kind of problems for the plant.
The Piccolo Banda needs full indirect sun to partial shade. They can do great in artificial light like the fluorescent bulbs. This feature makes them an excellent choice as an indoor plant for offices and basements. A window facing north or east would be a great choice to place the plant. Always avoid direct sunlight exposure as it will burn the plant.
An important point in Peperomia ‘Piccolo Banda’ care that it requires rich and well drained soil. Furthermore, acidic to neutral soil is suitable for the plant with PH 5 to 7. A peat based soil or peat and perlite in 2:1 shows good results.