Peperomia Care Guide
The Peperomia is a fantastic little houseplant that is gaining popularity all the time. At around 12 inches full size it remains quite small so is easy to maintain and can fit anywhere in your home.
Although the species vary in appearance, many of them have a shared feature which is often small rounded leaves of varying patterns, making them quite a ‘cute’ addition to your collection.
Peperomia are also low light and non-toxic houseplants which means they’re safe for your furry companions and you don’t need to worry about finding a spot that receives direct sunlight. There are also variegated Peperomia for other gardeners who love that look.
Peperomia care is relatively easy but there are things you can do to help cultivate your Peperomia to the best of your abilities.
Peperomia Lighting Requirements
The Peperomia plant can grow well in low light to bright conditions but avoid placing your Peperomia in direct sunlight or it could cause fading on the marking of the leaves.
During the summer you may want to place your Peperomia on a North or East facing windowsill or just in a spot further back from a south or west facing window. Depending on where you live you may want to move it closer to a light spot during the winter months, but if you live somewhere with lots of sun this might not be necessary.
Peperomia Watering Requirements
You never want your Peperomia’s soil to be soaking wet but since it is a plant that traditionally grows in more tropical regions it prefers to be kept moist.
You may find that your Peperomia drinks its water more slowly than other houseplants so test the soil rather than just watering it at a set time each week and as its beginning to dry out water it thoroughly so that the soil is moist all over.
In the winter you may find that you need to water your Peperomia less to stop the soil from becoming too wet.
Peperomia houseplants don’t do well in dry air. If you live in a humid environment this should be enough for your plant but if you live somewhere the air is dried or you are using a heating system that takes the moisture from the air then you may need to invest in a humidifier or at least mist your plants a few times a week.
Soil And Potting Requirements
The Peperomia plant likes to be root bound so you shouldn’t need to repot it too often. As for soil, a loose well draining soil will work best. A mix of peat moss and perlite would be great for your Peperomia plant.
Fertilise your Peperomia during the growing seasons with a diluted fertiliser that releases slowly into the soil.
You do not need to fertilise Peperomia during the winter months.
The plant Peperomia can be propagated in many different ways. The most common way is to take leaf cuttings with the stem attached. You can place these into water or directly into soil.
Another way is to take a leaf from your Peperomia, cut it in half, use root hormone and place it in soil. If you do it this way you will be able to see the pups growing directly from where you took the cutting on your leaf.
To ensure success take several cuttings as not all of your cuttings will take.
Peperomia can also be propagated by root division if this is a technique that you would prefer to use.