Peperomia - Care tips
The Peperomia is a genus of decorative tropical plants native to Mexico and South America. We don’t want you to get lost in this wonderful genus, because with more than 1000 known species this is actually possible. Let us show you some different types of Peperomia!
Information about the Peperomia
Peperomias are incredibly easy-going, low-care houseplants. So the Peperomia is great for beginners! They grow in the cool understory of the rainforest. Some species are mistaken for succulents, partly due to their compact and slow-growth. Indoors, mature Peperomia plants never grow to be super tall and therefor are ideal for tables. Some varieties make excellent hanging plants. Not only are they easy plants that tolerate some benign neglect, but the spectacular variety of colors and textures available means that you can have an interesting collection of plants for every style and space, all of which require the same easy care.
The Peperomias are mostly small plants and perfect for modern living spaces and can thrive on a desktop, shelf, or windowsill. It is a beautiful and diverse family that is wonderful to collect. Here follows a list with a couple of PLNTS.com’s favourites.
The Peperomia Hope is a delicate looking plant but is actually quite robust. It trails with her almost orange to pinkish hued stems and has such cute round leaves. This plants almost prefers being neglected because too much water is really a problem for her. We know, that is something else..
The Peperomia Capereta Red is a plant with a high-end look. She is unique with her highly textured and deeply corrugated leaves. She also has a full and overflowing way of growing. She has become one of the most common Peperomias probably also because of her heart-shaped dark purple leafs. Beautiful!
A beautiful hanging plant that we don’t want to keep from you is the Peperomia Pepperspot. The leaves are tiny, round and green with a red back that hangs from a striking stalk that has a red almost brown colour. Definitely a plant with contrast, which will make it stand out in your home. Last but not least we want to show you the Peperomia Prostrata. This is also a hanging plant which has the nickname ‘String of Turtles. She has unique leaves with beautiful markings that actually resemble the back of a turtle, so this is where she gets her nickname from of course.
Peperomia Plant Care Tips
Peperomia plants can live for years in a relatively small container. They enjoy a somewhat root-bound existence, and this combined with their slow growth rate means you can leave them alone unless you see roots coming out of the drainage holes.
Light and placement for Peperomias
To maintain their vibrant foliage colours you should place them in a medium to bright light spot. Leaf drop, fewer leaves growth and a drab colour will appear when she has insufficient light. The Peperomia her leaves will burn with direct sun rays, so keep this in mind as well. Placing her near a window should be perfect. As tropical plants, Peperomia plants prefer a warm and humid environment, especially in the summer months when her growth is most active. Place it on a tray of pebbles and water to increase humidity, or invest in a small humidifier.
The succulent leaves of the Peperomia shows that the plant doesn’t need frequent watering. Allow the first 2 to 3 centimeters to dry out between watering to prevent root rot and fungus problems and for her to stay happy as well
When it comes to giving nutrition your Peperomia plants, less is more. Discolored or dropping leaves are usually a sign of inadequate light or excessive watering, not poor nutrition. The Peperomia can go its entire life without supplemental fertilizer!
Because of their thick, succulent nature, Peperomia plants are easy to propagate via cuttings. Stem, leaf and tip cuttings. Place the cutting, cut end down, in a small container filled with potting soil and then just water consistently and never let the soil dry out. You can also place the cutting in a vessel with water and then just leave it in medium to bright light for the roots to grow as fast as possible.
Most common pests on Peperomias
Peperomia plants are susceptible to the same pests that affect most indoor plants. Pests such as mealy bug, red spider mite and white fly. The plants are also susceptible to root rot if the soil is constantly too damp.
Are you unsure if your plant has a problem such as pests or root rot? We recommend you to check with our PLNTS Doctor.
Are Peperomias poisonous for pets or children?
The good news is that Peperomias are considered to be non-toxic and even a pet-friendly plant. Cats and dogs love these plants though, this may lead them to eat enough to make them sick despite the plants being non-toxic. Also be warned! With such a vast number of Peperomia species, it is always possible to run into an uncommon or newly domesticated species with some degree of toxicity. Just always keep an eye on your furry and green friends.
Buy your new Peperomia at PLNTS.com
At PLNTS.com you can buy different types of the Peperomia. There really is a Peperomia for everyone! Whether you like your Peperomia big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!