Plant Care: Peperomia

Peperomia are one of our top recommendations for new plant parents, and for good reason! They're almost as hardy as a succulent, they're pet friendly, and their air cleaning ability has been studied!

From the fuzzy Peperomia incana to the coveted Watermelon Peperomia to the classic Peperomia obtusifolia, there's something for everyone!

Here's what you need to know to care for these plants like a pro!

Light: Peperomia generally prefer at least a few hours of fairly bright but indirect light every day. Their colors will often become more dull if they're not getting enough light. One of the first signs of trouble I'll notice on a Peperomia rosso is when its leaves start changing from healthy, dark green to a paler green. 

Water: Be sure to allow at least the top 1-2" of the potting mix dry out between watering. You can even allow the potting mix to fully dry out between watering, as long as you don't leave it completely dry for more than a day or so. For me, with 4" plant that isn't root bound, that means watering every 6-8 days, but remember to go by the feeling of the potting mix and check in with your plant regularly, not a set schedule. Be sure to saturate the potting mix completely when you water. We recommend bottom watering rather than top watering to ensure you've wet the entire rootball!

Humidity: Peperomia aren't particularly sensitive to low humidity, so they're a great option if your home or office has low humidity. 

Special Notes: Peperomia flower fairly frequently, but their flowers don't look like traditional flowers with petals, and when they show up, they can be a little surprising! They look like long flimsy stalks:

closeup of peperomia rosso houseplant with text that reads: peperomia flowers and an arrow pointing to the flowers

 

The flowers will eventually wilt and die, and you can just gently pull them off the plant.

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And there you have it! What are your favorite Peperomia varieties?

 

 

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