How to Care for a Peperomia

If you’re seeking another low-maintenance winner, a peperomia plant (or two!) should be included in your collection. This plant is found in South America, Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean and has over 1,000 species. It’s easy to see why the peperomia plant is so popular—easy it’s to grow and requires little maintenance.

Only a few variations are available for purchase, while more unusual variants are introduced every year. Peperomia obtusfolia, also known as baby rubber plant because of its cute spoon-shaped leaves that resemble rubber trees; Peperomia clusiifolia, also known as Red-edge peperomia because of its red stems and leaf inching; and Peperomia caperata, which has creased foliage with silver-white or purple leaves. There are even variations that trail! Most types are small, measuring 6 to 12 inches in length, so you won’t need a lot of room to display them.

Peperomia plant

How do I care for the Peperomia plant?

Peperomia, like many tropical plants, loves bright, indirect light. They’ll put up with reduced light levels, however, if they have to stretch for the light, they may become leggy. Rotate the pot every now and then to ensure that your plant grows evenly. Variegated varieties, in particular, require intense light to maintain their colors. They don’t enjoy a chill, so keep them away from drafty windows when the temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do I water the Peperomia plant?

After watering, make sure the pot has a hole at the bottom and drop excess water into the saucer. Water just until the top few inches of soil feel dry to the touch, as they have thick, waxy leaves comparable to succulents. Allowing the soil to become moist will make the plant unhappy. If you’re unsure how much to water, submerge the pot in a basin of water and allow it to soak from the bottom. After around 15 minutes, remove it.

Should I fertilize the Peperomia plant?

Feeding your plant is nice, but it isn’t fully required. They do, after all, produce their own food via photosynthesis. Use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer twice a year throughout its active growth phase, from spring to autumn, if you prefer.

Peperomia plants are not harmful to pets?

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Peperomia plants are non-toxic to cats and dogs. It’s crucial to note, though, that any plant, if consumed in big enough quantities, can induce GI distress. To be cautious, call your veterinarian straight away if you believe your pet has eaten a houseplant.