Peperomia’s are incredibly easy-going, low-care houseplants–great for beginners! Peperomia plants are normally small, rarely growing more than 12 inches in height in the indoor setting, making them ideal for small containers, balconies or small indoor spaces. They may look and behave like succulents, but they’re not! Peperomia requires a bit more water and higher humidity than your average succulent.
How Often Do You Water A Peperomia?
You should water a peperomia plant once the top 1-2 inches of the soil dry completely and then water the plant thoroughly. Keeping the peperomia on the dry side is better than saturating it, which leads to root rot and fungus gnat problems. Signs of overwatering of peperomia plants can be rotting stalks, wilting or yellowing leaves, a heavy pot, and waterlogged soil.
Watering peperomia plants is the point when things most commonly go wrong. Overwatering is the number one problem that people have when keeping peperomia plants indoors.
Peperomia Light Needs
Peperomia plants need a medium to bright sunlight to maintain their vibrant foliage colors. Morning light and filtered light is fine. Insufficient light will result in fewer leaves and leaf drop. Peperomia plants will do best in bright, indirect sunlight. The only thing to watch for is to ensure they don’t get excessive direct sunlight during the summer months, as this can cause leaf scorching.
What Soil For Peperomia Plants
Bearing in mind that overwatering is one of the problems to avoid, a well-draining potting mix is essential for peperomia plants. An equal mix of peat moss and perlite or coarse sand is usually a good option for this plant.
Temperature and Humidity
Peperomia plants are hardy, but they cannot be exposed to temperatures less than 30 degrees Fahrenheit. As tropical plants, peperomias like it warm and steamy, especially in the summer months when growth is most active. As with most tropical indoor plants, Peperomias benefit from higher humidity but will do fine in average household air.
Peperomia species have very light fertilizing requirements and you are more likely to have problems if you fertilize too often compared to fertilizing too infrequently. As a slow-growing epiphyte, the peperomia can go its entire life without supplemental fertilizer, getting what it needs from its planting media.
Are Peperomia Plants Poisonous?
Thankfully peperomia plants are entirely safe for humans and pets. There is no danger to your pets from contact or ingestion.
Currently working as a Marketing Professional in Dubai but a native of Kerala: God's Own Country.
I don't remember myself as a plant enthusiast from a young age. But I had a crush on Table Roses and Money Plants from childhood (Maybe because of its less maintenance nature). Though I have seen my mother growing plants like fruits, vegetables, etc. She has a very rare breed of Fruits all grown on her terrace garden as we don't have much space around our house back in Kerala.
I guess growing up seeing this I started getting passionate and enthusiastic about various plants and how to take care of them. I have both a outdoor plants which I have kept in balcony of our apartment and a lot of indoor plants about which we will be discussing more here.