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Peperomia Orba is a semi succulent type plant from the Peperomia plant family that makes a great plant desk due to its conpact little shape and attractive green foliage. It is a relatively easy to care for plant with minimal requirements but it does have some preferences, so keep reading to find out about Peperomia Orba care.
Peperomia Orba will do well in a spot with bright to medium light. Depending on where you live your plant may do well in direct sunlight but if you’re located in a region that receives lots of strong sun then you may need to pull your plant away from the window so that it receives indirect light.
As Peperomia Orba are a semi succulent plant it’s important that you don’t overwater them or their leaves will become squishy to touch and they may develop root rot. Let the soil dry out between waterings and then water your plant evenly. Make sure that the plant has drainage holes so that the roots aren’t sitting in water as this can also cause root rot. If you’re unsure of when your soil has dried out then try using a moisture probe. You simply stick the two metal probes into the soil and it gives you a reading of its moisture levels. When it reads dry it’s time to water your plant.
As Peperomia Orba don’t like to sit in moist soil and prefer to dry out it’s important that you use a light, loose, well draining potting mix. People often find that Peperomia Orba respond well to an orchid mix, or you can try using a regular potting mix with added orchid mix and perlite for a loose draining mix.
This plant will not be happy if you keep it in dry conditions but it also doesn’t need your house to be a jungle for it to thrive. Your Peperomia will do well with humidity levels around 50% but can tolerate higher and lower levels. It does not like air that is too dry so keep it away from radiators and heating systems. Peperomia plants often get labelled as radiator plants as they’re cute and it’s easy to pop them on top of a radiator but doing so will dry out your plant and the air around it.
Pebble trays are a great way to increase humidity levels around your plants as they create their own micro climate as the water evaporates. Or you can try misting your plants or even using a humidifier.
Peperomia Orba are easy to propagate, you simply take a cutting either of a stem with leaves attached or even just a leaf. With the stem you can put it in water or straight into soil. If you choose the water method then let the roots of your plant grow to around two inches before you plant it. Otherwise pot straight into a potting mix and watch it grow. Another method is to take a leaf and cut it in half. Then place the top half of the leaf in soil. With this method new shoots of the plant will grow up from the soil. Remember to take several cuttings as not all of them will root.
Coming from quite a warm environment the Peperomia Orba is a plant that doesn’t like to be cold. Try to keep your plant at a consistently warm temperature of around 20°C year round and don’t let the temperature drop too much. It’s also important that you keep this plant away from draughts which means open doors and windows.
A regular strength well balanced fertiliser should be suitable for your Peperomia Orba. Simply fertilise your plant once a month during the growing seasons and leave it during the winter months. You shouldn’t need to fertilise your Peperomia more frequently than this.
Peperomia Orba FAQ
Now you’ve read our Peperomia Orba care guide take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions.
Do Peperomia Orba flower?
Yes Peperomia Orba flower but their flowers don’t look like your typical blooms. Instead they have white tendril like blooms that grow up. They blooms are quite similar to the Peperomia Napoli Nights and other Peperomia plants.
Are Peperomia Orba easy to care for?
Like most Peperomia plants the Orba is relatively easy to care for requiring little input from you, they don’t need to be watered too often and although they are fast growers they don’t get to a large size which means pruning requirements are limited.
Are Peperomia Orba easy to come by?
Peperomia Orba aren’t that commonly found in UK and European plant shops, you may have more luck finding them if you’re located in North America but your best bet is probably online. They aren’t a very common Peperomia Orba which means you may need to pay for shipping to get them imported.
Are Peperomia Orba expensive?
Although Peperomia Orba aren’t expensive themselves as they aren’t a particularly common plant you may need to pay higher fees to import them so shipping can increase the price.
How to care for a Peperomia Orba?
Peperomia Orba are relatively simple to care for and if you follow these simple steps then you should be fine:
- Allow the soil to dry out between waterings
- Medium to bright light
- Fertilise during the growing season
- Loose light potting mix
Where should I put my Peperomia plant?
Place this plant in a spot where it will have access to bright or medium light. Since it won’t grow very large it’s a great plant for filling up spaces on a shelf or a desk. These are a very popular desk plant for this reason and if you find your plant is getting too bushy then you can propagate it via cuttings.
If you have any other questions regarding Peperomia Orba care then let us know in the comments below.