Peperomia Graveolens otherwise known as the Ruby Peperomia belong to the Peperomia family of plants. They get called Ruby Glow due to the vibrant red of the undersides of their leaves. These plants make a great desk plant or are perfect for filling up a space on a shelf but don’t put them on top of a radiator as they’ll dry out even though they’re called radiator plants. Take a look at our Peperomia Graveolens care guide to find out how to look after these little plants.
Peperomia Graveolens Watering
Peperomia Graveolens do not like to be overwatered and can be prone to root rot if left in wet soil for prolonged periods of time. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings and then water thoroughly. Make sure the pot your plant is in has adequate drainage holes so that the excess water can run through the bottom. You may want to try watering from the bottom up so that the plant only takes in the water it needs.
Graveolens Light Requirements
Peperomia Graveolens like to be placed near bright light but can tolerate lower levels of light. Do not place your plant in direct sunlight unless you live in a country with low levels of sunlight. A north or east facing windowsill should work great or if you want to place your Graveolens next to a South or West facing window just make sure you pull it back from the strong light or place a sheer curtain to protect your plant.
As this plant is native to Ecuador this mean that it grows naturally in the tropics and can therefore tolerate higher levels of humidity. However, as it is a succulent plant it can also tolerate lower levels of humidity also. Which means you shouldn’t need to adjust the levels of humidity in your home for this plant.
Peperomia Graveolens will thrive in a well draining soil with a peat moss mix. This plant doesn’t like to be too wet so make sure the soil is loose enough for water to pass through it and that the pot its planted in has drainage holes. Just like with many other plants that need loose aerated soil we would recommend adding perlite. Our favourite is this Espoma Perlite that you can find on Amazon.
Peperomia Graveolens is a relatively easy plant to propagate. It can be propagated from a cutting. Simply cut a section of the steam with the leaves in tact and pot into a well draining soil mix. Water the cutting regularly when ever it dries out. We would recommend taking several cuttings as not all of them will take so you stand a greater chance of success if you have several cuttings propagating.
As this plant originally comes from Ecuador it prefers to be on the warmer side. It won’t do so well with temperatures under 12°C/ 53.6°F but can tolerate much warmer temperatures as long as it doesn’t become too dry.
So to summarise, in order to take care of a Peperomia Graveolens you need:
- Bight light
- Well draining soil
- Waiting for the soil to dry between waterings
- Warm conditions
Peperomia Graveolens is a relatively easy houseplant to take care of as it doesn’t require much from you beside watering when the plant dries out. It make a great houseplant for any beginners and looks fantastic on any desk or shelf space. It can be quite different from other Peperomia plants in that its leaves are so thick but if you like succulents and you like Peperomia plants then this could be the perfect blend for you.
Peperomia Graveolens FAQ
Now you’ve read our Peperomia Graveolens care guide be sure to check out the frequently asked questions in case they include some of your queries regarding this cute little Peperomia plant. Hopefully you shouldn’t have too many questions but if you’re struggling with Ruby Glow care then please let us know.
How do you treat Peperomia Graveolens?
Peperomia Graveolens doesn’t have too many care requirements so it should be relatively easy to look after. It’s care requirements are relatively similar to a succulent which means irregular waterings, a bright spot and it can mostly be left alone.
Is Peperomia Graveolens toxic?
Peperomia Graveolens is generally considered a safe plant to have if you have pets however we would strongly recommend that you do not let pets consume parts of this plant.
Are Peperomia Graveolens easy to care for?
Peperomia Graveolens are a relatively easy plant to care for. They don’t require much attention and are more difficult to kill than fussy plants such as Calathea or orchids. A beginner should be able to adequately care for a Peperomia Graveolens from simply following some care tips.
Is Peperomia Graveolens a succulent?
Yes Peperomia Graveolens is a succulent plant and therefore requires some of the care that is typical for a succulent plant.
Can Peperomia Graveolens Tolerate Humidity?
Yes, this plant is originally from Ecuador so is used to higher levels of humidity but it can also do well with lower humidity which makes it easier to care for than other fussier plants.
Is Peperomia Graveolens Easy For Beginners?
Yes this plant is an excellent choice for beginners as it is relatively easy to take care off. It’s not too fussy and it isn’t easy to kill.
Can I Plant Peperomia Graveolens Outside?
This depends where you live. Peperomia Graveolens won’t tolerate cooler temperatures as it’s originally from Ecuador so if you live in a country that gets cold winters then you might want to keep it indoors.
We hope you’ve found our Peperomia Graveolens FAQ useful, if you have any other questions please let us know by asking in the comments below. And make sure you send us photos of your Peperomia Graveolens around your home.