Peperomia

Peperomia come in over 1000 varieties. They are one of the most low maintenance due to being able to maintain their health with going weeks without watering. 

 

PEPEROMIA VARIETIES:

Baby Rubber Peperomia obtusifolia variegated  

Peperomia obtusifolia is one of the most common variety of peperomias. It is a compact, bushy plant with dark, variegated leaves. There some types can even have some hints of yellow as well. 

Light : medium to bright indirect light ; south or east-facing windows 

They can adapt to lower light or fluorescent lighting. Direct sun can damage the plant, but indirect light is important to aid in high levels of variegation. The darker the leaves, the more sensitive to light the plant will be. 

Water : Peperomias can hold water in their stems and leaves, so they can withstand a slight drought. Because of this, it is better to under water than over water. It is important to wait until more then half of the soil is dried out. During winter, water sparingly as the thick leaves will store water, so it is okay if the water stays drier. 

Trailing Jade Peperomia rotundifolia 

When found in the rain forest, these peperomia are found crawling through and on rock crevices, trees, rotten logs and the forest ground. Within its natural habitat the trailing jade thrives on moisture, tropical temperatures and shaded sun. 

Light : bright, indirect light ; south, east, or west-facing windows 

Water : This peperomia is succulent in nature and has small roots. Allow the soil to become dry then water thoroughly. Since it is succulent in nature, it is better dry than over watering. In the winter, water less. 

Watermelon Peperomia argyreia

The Watermelon Peperomia has such beautiful patterned leaves; which are similar to watermelon leaves.

Light : medium to bright light ; west, east, or south-facing windows 

Direct light can damage the leaves; which will disrupt the patterns, but to little light with make the leaves darker. In their natural habitat in the forests they grow with some sun and shade so try to replicate this. 

Water : The soil should be dry between waterings. Stick your finger in the dirt and ensure 1-2" are dry at minimum. Once the leaves start to droop, or become thin, it is time to water. Over-watering can cause rot and under-watering will make them wilt. During cooler months, these plants require less water. 

 

 

 

Easy Care Facts:

Soil Recipe:

A peat based soil is best used that drains well. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or sand is a good mix. Other mixes will work well, but the main point is for the medium to drain well and be well aerated.

Humidity:

Peperomia will enjoy a misting from time to time. It is suggested to place near a humidifier or place on a pebble tray to maintain moisture.

Temperature:

between 55–80 degrees; ensure to not place near cooler, drafted areas 

Toxicity:

Peperomias are non-toxic to pets and humans.