Pep up your Prayer Plant with Keiki Paste

prayer plant
This tutorial shows to grow new shoots and leaves on your Peperomia dolabriformis, also known as the Prayer Plant.
peperomia

Peperomia dolabriformis’ taco-shaped leaves have translucent sections on them called ‘windows’. They are an evolutionary adaptation to allow in more light. With these beautiful leaves like this, who wouldn’t want more? 

When I got my Peperomia dolabriformis from the shop, some leave fell off in transit. With the summer a while away, I wanted to speed up the re-growth process. Using Keiki paste, you can get your plant looking bushier even while dormant.  

Follow these steps to get your plant budding.  

  1. Select nodes

    Nodes are parts of stems where new shoots and leaves emerge. Nodes will be easy to find on the Peperomia dolabriformis, with its thick single stem. 

Nodes will show up as pock-marks on the stem. Sometimes you can already see baby leaves growing out from them.

You can also find nodes just below and above the leaves.  

peperomia nodes

  • Apply the Keiki paste
  •         Take a tiny amount of Keiki paste onto a cotton bud. Swab the paste onto each node. 

  • Wait
  • The Keiki paste can take up to a month to work. While you wait, give the plant optimal light conditions. For Peperomia dolabriformis, this will be bright light Maintain at least 60 % humidity to help the plant along.

    The results

           New leaves will emerge on the nodes you painted with Keiki paste 

    peperomia with keiki

    Keep checking our blog for Keiki tutorials on other species.

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