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Peperomia Care guide And Plant Profile

The world of Peperomia is vast and fascinating. This plant genus offers something for everyone.

With well over 1,500 peperomia varieties you will have a huge assortment to choose from. More and more are showing up in local garden shops all the time.

Most radiator plants are pretty easy care, grow to a foot or less, and tolerate a good range of growing conditions. All great reasons to add these cuties to your houseplant collection.

Radiator plants are interesting and stylish. Some grow as trailers and some are compact upright growers. So many interesting ways to display these plants. You are sure to find a good fit for your home.

Beautiful green plant

More Great Beginner Houseplants:

Houseplants are all pretty easy once you know what they need to thrive. Our care guides are here to help. Plants are so beneficial to us and our world. Choose your favorite.

If you live in climate zones 10 to 12 you may want to grow your peperomia outdoors. Otherwise tuck one into a favorite indoor nook to brighten your world.

plant in window

Epiphytes live on very little. In nature ,and in your plant pot, they can survive on minimum nutrients, moderate light and little water.

Peperomia (radiator plants) are compact, small perennial epiphytes growing on rotten wood.

Wikipedia- Peperomia Species

So they DON’T need much watering or fertilizer. The leaves are fleshy and full of water. They do appreciate humidity or frequent misting.

Peperomia stay small with a slow growth habit. This makes them wonderful houseplants.

As with most plants, the variegated varieties will need more light to keep their interesting colorations. In too low light the leaf colorations will fade.

This would be a shame. These plants are universally prized for their beautiful foliage.

Peperomia Varieties:

These are a small sampling of the different types available. There are oodles of these adorable plants in garden stores waiting for a happy home.

Here are just a few of the different types of peperomia.

From Top left: Chinese Money Plant, peperomia Graveolens, peperomia (I don’t know this one But I love it),

Second row from left: Variegated baby rubber plant, watermelon peperomia, and peperomia Hope.

Peperomias will give you lots of leaf styles and colorations. Collect a lot of them and make a whole grouping of these easy care succulents.

The Contented Plant

And rejoice! These are NON TOXIC houseplants. Pet safe. 🙂

Printable Care Guide:

The amazing thing is with so many different types of these genus is they all need pretty much the same care.

Yield: Printable Care Guide

Peperomia Care Guide

peperomia are epiphytes

The world of Peperomias is vast. There are over 1500 species of this genus. This care guide will describe the best practices for basic care for most common peperomias.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy

Instructions

Soil Preference:

  1. Peperomias prefer well draining potting mix. The roots will rot quickly if they sit in moist compact soil.
  2. I've linked our choices for a good succulent soil mix and orchid bark in the materials above for you. Use 80% succulent/20% orchid bark mix.

Pot Size and Type:

  1. Peperomias do best in pots that drain well and fit their roots. They don't mind being a little root bound.
  2. Repot every second year or when roots come out of the pot. Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one. Just go to the next size up pot.

Preferred light:

  1. Variegated Peperomias need moderate to bright INDIRECT light at least 6 hours a day. Keep them out of strong direct hot light.
  2. solid green peperomias will tolerate low light conditions but will also grow very slowly and have less vibrant colorings.

How to Water a peperomia:

  1. Peperomias do NOT tolerate over watering. When properly potted in a succulent soil mix they need weekly watering.
  2. In growing season and brighter light with warm dry temperatures you may need to water more than once a week but don't over do it.
  3. Best practice in watering peperomias is to let the top of the soil dry completely. Now drench the plant till the water comes out the drainage hole. Dump out the water in the drain plate. Allow to dry again. Repeat.
  4. In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is completely dry.
  5. Never let this plant get wet feet. Long periods of heavy wet soil encourages root rot and Fungus Gnats.

Fertilizing Peperomias:

  1. Peperomias generally need little excess fertilizer.
  2. You can fertilize monthly in the growing season if you use quarter strength fertilizer.
  3. Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow your plant to rest through the winter months.

Temperature Range for peperomia:

  1. Peperomia plants will do best in temperatures between 65-85 degrees F.
  2. Keep them out of drafts from windows, heating vents or air conditioners. Huge temperature fluctuations are not good for these plants.

Pests:

  1. Peperomias are susceptible to mealybugs.
  2. Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to pest infestations..
  3. Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
  4. To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
  5. Watch for cottony masses that indicate mealy bugs.
  6. If you find mealy bugs use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove it from your plant.
  7. Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.

Peperomia Propagation:

  1. peperomias grow naturally in clusters. When repotting you can pull the clusters apart and repot into different planters.
  2. Stem Cuttings: Take a stem down to the soil line and pull it off. Plant it in wet soil. In about a month it will develop small plant petals and continue growing a new plant.

Non Toxic:

  1. Peperomias are non toxic to pets.

Further Reading: JoyusGardening

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