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The Peperomia Pepperspot is one of the more common types of Peperomia houseplant available. With green leaves and a red tinge to the stem, it a popular little houseplant. It’s small size and rounded leaves makes it a perfect option for a desk plant or to fit in the small spaces that need a bit of green breathed into them. This is a plant that is suitable for beginners and expert plant carers alike but here you can read our Peperomia Pepperspot care guide if you want to get up to speed on how to care for these little guys.
As this is a plant that traditionally grows in the Amazon under the cover of other trees, it will do well with bright indirect light to mimic the shading that it would experience in its natural environment.
Although you will need to water these plants fairly regularly during the growing seasons as they get quite thirsty and put out a lot of new growth, it’s very important that you don’t overwater them. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, make sure the plant pot you’re using has drainage holes and don’t allow your plant to sit in soggy soil or you run the risk of root rot. Peperomia Pepperspots can be sensitive to overwatering and a clear sign of this is squishy leaves. If you notice your plant’s leaves starting to turn soft then you know you have a problem and you need to ease up on the watering.
Peperomia Pepperspots can tolerate quite low to quite high humidity, if you live in a moderate climate you shouldn’t need to do too much in regards to the humidity. However if you live somewhere dry and arid then you may find you need a humidifier or plant mister so that your plant doesn’t dry out. But for most homes you probably do not need to actively increase the humidity in your house for this plant.
It’s very important that your use a well draining potting mix for this plant as it does not like to sit in water. If the potting mix is too heavy then the soil will not be able to dry and your plant runs the risk of root rot. It’s very important that this doesn’t happen so be sure to find a well draining potting mix and we would recommend adding perlite.
It’s better that you keep your Peperomia Pepperspot relatively warm. Although they don’t need scorching temperatures they won’t do well if you allow their temperature to drop too far. It’s important that you keep them away from droughts which means doors and windows. It’s also important that you don’t place them on top of radiators. Many people hear that Peperomia are called radiator plants and place them on radiators but this can cause the soil to dry out quickly and can severely damage the plant.
Peperomia Pepperspot is a relatively easy plant to propagate which can be done through a simple cutting. You can either take a leave or a piece of stem with leaves in tact and place the cutting in water or soil. With this plant you should see growth relatively quickly but we would recommend taking several cuttings as one cutting is not always successful.
You can feed this plant throughout the growing season but be sure to leave it in the winter months. It does not require that much fertiliser to grow, feeding it every three to four weeks should do the trick.
To summarise, in order to care for a Peperomia Pepperspot you will need:
- Moderate watering
- Bright indirect light
- Moderate humidity
- Feed during growing season
And that’s really all there is to it. A Peperomia Pepperspot is a relatively easy plant to care for and can even handle small amounts of neglect but if you follow our care guide then you should be just fine.
Peperomia Pepperspot FAQ
Hopefully you’ve found our Peperomia Pepperspot care guide useful, if you still have some queries on how to look after these little guys then read some of our most frequently asked questions below. Or if you don’t find what you’re looking for then feel free to leave your question in the comments section.
Is Peperomia Pepperspot fast growing?
Although this plant doesn’t get large it puts out new growth fairly quickly in the growing season. If kept in the right conditions and given plant food you will see it putting out new leaves all summer long.
Is Peperomia Pepperspot easy for beginners?
Yes the Peperomia Pepperspot is a relatively easy plant to care for, it doesn’t require much from you and is therefore great for beginners. Anyone who is just getting into houseplants should have no real issues with the Peperomia Pepperspot.
Where should I put my Peperomia Pepperspot?
As Peperomia Pepperspots don’t grow that large they make a great desk plant, or when they eventually start trailing down they look fantastic on a shelf. Keep them out of direct sunlight but near a bright source of light.
Are Peperomia Pepperspot susceptible to root rot?
These plants are ones that don’t like to be overwatered and if they are it’s possible for them to get root rot and become damaged or even die.
How do you propagate Peperomia Pepperspot?
Peperomia Pepperspot are incredibly easy to propagate. You simply take a cutting of a stem with leaves attached and place it in water. There you can watch the roots grow and when they’re approximately 2 inches long pot it into some soil. Another method you can try it taking a leaf, cutting it in half and placing it in soil, over time you should see small shoots starting to sprout up. We would recommend you take several cuttings as not all of them will take.
Remember if you have any other questions be sure to leave them in the comment section below.