The Peperomia Incana is a less commonly found species of Peperomia and we don’t know why. It reminds us a lot of the Peperomia Obtusifolia which you will find everywhere but with paler leaves and fine white hairs giving it its nickname the felted Peperomia. This little plant not only looks amazing but it’s easy to take care of and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. We hope that more plant shops start to stock it but if you’re one of the lucky one who’ve managed to get a hold of one then check out our Peperomia Incana care guide.
Place your Peperomia Incana in medium to bright indirect light. This plant will also do well in partial or dappled shade. Try to avoid direct sunlight as this can burn the plant or low lighting conditions as this can cause the plant to become leggy.
Like all Peperomia plants it’s incredibly important that you don’t overwater your plants and instead allow the soil to dry between waterings. If you’re struggling to tell when the soil is dry then try using a moisture probe to help you. Simply insert the probes into the soil and you should get a reading. When the dial is red or reads 1,2 or 3 then it’s time to water your plant. If you are watering your plant too often you will notice the leaves becoming squishy, they could then turn black or fall off. These could be signs of root rot so make sure you alter your watering schedule accordingly.
These plants prefer medium to high humidity but will do well most households. If you want to increase the humidity in your home to help your plants thrive then try using a humidifier.
As this is a plant that doesn’t like to be overwatered and can be prone to root rot you want to use a well draining potting mix to avoid your plant sitting in water for too long. A good way to create this is to mix regular houseplant soil with cactus soil and add in some perlite for aeration. A sand or loamy mix will also work well for this plant as long as the soil is loose and water can travel through it easily.
Try to keep your Peperomia Incana between 18°C and 24°C although it can tolerate higher temperatures as long as the air doesn’t dry out too much and it can survive in lower temperatures but if their temperature drops below 12°C then your plant might start to suffer and could die.
Peperomia Incana is an easy plant to propagate as this can be done via a cutting. Simply take a sharp pair of scissors and cut a stem with leaves intact. Then you can either place this cutting directly into soil or into water to watch the roots grow. Once the plant has grown roots around an inch long you can plant this cutting in soil.
Peperomia Incana FAQ
These are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Peperomia Incana care.
Are Peperomia Incana easy to care for?
Yes these plants are relatively easy to care for and will require little from you. They don’t need to be watered too often and prefer to be underwatered to overwatered. They will also tolerate a range of lighting conditions and can handle the humidity levels in most homes unless the air becomes too dry.
Are Peperomia Incana appropriate for beginners?
Yes this plant is definitely appropriate for a beginner, as it is a semi succulent plant it doesn’t need to be watered too often and can be thought of as a step up from a cactus in terms of how easy it is to care for.
Why are the leaves of my Peperomia Incana turning soft?
If your leaves start to turn soft or squishy then this could be a sign of overwatering. Check the moisture levels of the soil and if it is wet to touch then try leaving longer between watering.
Why are the stems of my Peperomia Incana growing so long?
If you’re finding that there is a lot of space on the stems of your plant before new leaves appear then this could be a sign that your plant isn’t receiving enough light. If you do not like the appearance of this you can cut away the leggy stems with a pair of sharp scissors and move your plant to a spot with more light. The new growth should then come through bushier.
Why are the leaves of my Peperomia Incana curling inwards?
If your plant is starting to curl in on itself this can be a sign that it is receiving too much light. Try moving it away from a light source or using a sheer sheet to protect your plant from the sun’s harsh rays.