Most peperomia obtusifolia plants have flowers that look like inflatable rubber balls. Rubber flowers are just over a foot tall. The plants don’t bloom in the summer season, so even though the flowers may look blooming like they should be getting ready to go to bed, it’s generally not the case. There are many reasons why rubber plants aren’t blooming during the summer season, but there are seven particularly important reasons for this to be the case:
1. Flowers are cold insulating – too cold
The peperomia obtusifolia plant looks rather insubstantial, but peperomia obtusifolia really stands out as one of the cold insulators in the south. Most people associate this plant with the southern coast of Australia, but peperomia obtusifolia can live in any part of the world. In Australia, peperomia obtusifolia grows in cooler climates and doesn’t flowers in the summer season. In the summer, peperomia obtusifolia blooms and melts due to the high temperatures.
2. Seeds are cold insulating
If the peperomia obtusifolia plant seeds have been planted and are exposed to cold temperatures and the cold insulates them, they can withstand much higher temperatures than average seeds do. When the plants have undergone several winters in the wild, they can retain their larger seeds, especially when they are exposed to cold temperatures. This allows the seeds to store energy until the right time to seed.
3. Peperomia obtusifolia plants are difficult to control
The peperomia obtusifolia plant is pretty difficult to manage, especially when it’s newly planted in a new area or if it has been transported from an unfamiliar location. Unless the plant is mowed several times a year in mid- to late-July (as the plants need to get enough light to create adequate energy for them to put on their flowers) it is difficult to manage and manage its productivity.
4. Peperomia obtusifolia’s young leaves are not fire retardant
When you look closely at peperomia obtusifolia plants, you will see the young leaves still have red and green (yellow and green) tips on them. The young leaves are not fire retardant, so fire ants will continue to feed on these plants, potentially damaging the peperomia obtusifolia plant and others like it.
5. Pexomia obtusifolia gets sunlight most hours of the day
Pexomia obtusifolia is in a heat-sensitive variety of plant and gets most of its light (even in the winter) during the day. This makes the flowering process difficult if one plants the plants in a cold temperature zone.
6. When their flowers are dry, peperomia obtusifolia can easily rot
When the peperomia obtusifolia plants in your landscape turn dry, they can easily rot. This can occur after several winters of exposure to cold temperatures and very little water. When this happens, you may see berries as the leaves have dried. These berries are ripening on the plant but haven’t completely dried out yet. When the berries are dried to a point where they’re black, remove them.
7. Avoid touching the peperomia obtusifolia plants
When treating peperomia obtusifolia plants to prevent them from getting sick, avoid touching their leaves. Even if the leaves are growing vigorously due to the lack of moisture, they still may not be able to remain dry as they are getting ready to flower.