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Peperomia Care

Peperomia are incredibly easy-going, low-care houseplants–great for beginners! Native to South American rainforests, Peperomia grow in the cool understory of the rainforest. Slow-growing and compact, some varieties of Peperomia are often mistaken as succulents.

How to care for your Peperomia

Use these instructions to care for a Peperomia. This guide will tell you how to water a Peperomia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Peperomia Ginny

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LIGHT

Your Peperomia Ginny will be happiest in medium to bright light. Do not allow the direct sun to hit the foliage. They can tolerate lower light as well, and can even adapt to fluorescent lighting. 

WATER

Water thoroughly, and allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. This small houseplant can effectively hold water in their fleshy stems and leaves during times of drought and are therefore quite forgiving if you forget to water it once in a while. 

HUMIDITY

Peperomia Ginny will enjoy a misting from time to time.

TEMPERATURE

Your Peperomia Ginny prefers temperatures between 60-80 degrees during the day and should not get colder than 55 degrees at night. 

FOOD

There’s no need to fertilize your Peperomia, but you can fertilize your plant in the spring or summer if you’d like it to grow a little faster. Use any fertilizer made for indoor plants and follow the directions on the packaging. Leach the plant in summer by flushing with water to remove the salts left behind by fertilization. 

TOXICITY

The Peperomia Ginny is non-toxic to pets and children.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If at any time during the year your Peperomia Ginny becomes unkept or out of hand, feel free to trim the leaves using sharp, clean pruning shears or scissors. 

Peperomia Green

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LIGHT

Your Peperomia will be happiest in medium to bright light, however, they can tolerate lower light and can even adapt to fluorescent lighting. Keep out of direct sun–the leaves will burn. 

WATER

Water thoroughly, and allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. This small houseplant can effectively hold water in their fleshy stems and leaves during times of drought and are therefore quite forgiving if you forget to water it once in a while.  

HUMIDITY

Your Peperomia will enjoy a misting from time to time. 

TEMPERATURE

Your Peperomia prefers temperatures between 55-80 degrees during the day and should not get colder than 55 degrees at night. 

FOOD

Fertilization isn’t necessary for your Peperomia, but you can fertilize your plant in the spring or summer if you’d like it to grow a little faster. Use any fertilizer made for indoor plants and follow the directions on the packaging. Before applying any form of fertilizer, make sure the soil is damp. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil. 

TOXICITY

Your Peperomia is non-toxic to pets and humans.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your Peperomia becomes unkept or out of hand, trim the leaves using sharp, clean pruning shears or scissors.  

Peperomia Rosso

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LIGHT

Your Peperomia Rosso prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but growth may slow.   

WATER

Water your Peperomia Rosso when the soil is about 50-75% dry. Water thoroughly, until excess water flows from the drainage hole into the saucer, but do not allow your Peperomia to sit in excess water or soggy soil. Your Peperomia Rosso is similar to a succulent in that it stores water in its leaves and can tolerate drying out a bit between waterings. 

HUMIDITY

Your Peperomia Rosso will tolerate average household humidity. However, like most tropical plants, it will benefit from added humidity. You can add humidity by placing a humidifier nearby, misting often, or using a pebble tray.

TEMPERATURE

Your Peperomia Rosso prefers average room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. 

FOOD

Your Peperomia Rosso will benefit from regular fertilizing during the growing season. Feed once per month in the spring and summer months with general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.   

TOXICITY

Your Peperomia Rosso is non-toxic and pet-friendly!

ADDITIONAL CARE

Peperomia can be easily propagated through leaf cuttings. If you want to multiply your plants or share with a friend, make a cut on a stem below a leaf, and stick the stem into the water. Roots will begin to develop after a few weeks. Once roots develop, transfer to soil and keep moist. 

Peperomia Watermelon

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LIGHT

Your Watermelon Peperomia will be happiest in medium to bright light. Do not allow the direct sun to hit the foliage. If given too much light, the colors and patterns will fade.  If not enough light, the leaves may become darker green.

WATER

Water thoroughly when the top inch to two inches of soil is dry to the touch. Allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings. Always keep an eye on your plant–if the leaves droop or feel a bit thin, it may also be time to water.

HUMIDITY

Watermelon Peperomia will enjoy extra humidity. Mist regularly or place the pot on a pebble tray to boost the moisture surrounding this plant.

TEMPERATURE

Your Watermelon Peperomia prefers temperatures between 65-80 degrees during the day and should not get colder than 60 degrees at night.

FOOD

Fertilize your Watermelon Peperomia once a month in the spring through summer using either a liquid or water-soluble indoor plant fertilizer at half strength. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any plant food.

TOXICITY

The Watermelon Peperomia is non-toxic to pets and children.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you decide to re-pot your Watermelon Peperomia, be careful not to give it too much room. This plant likes to be slightly root bound, so it is best to opt for a pot that seems a little bit too small.

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What's a Peperomia?

Botanical Classification: Piperaceae (family)

About

Peperomia are incredibly easy-going, low-care houseplants–great for beginners! Native to South American rainforests, Peperomia grow in the cool understory of the rainforest. Slow-growing and compact, some varieties of Peperomia are often mistaken as succulents.

Fun Fact

They may look and behave like succulents, but they’re not! Peperomia require a bit more water and higher humidity than your average succulent.

Pictured Left: Peperomia Ginny
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Peperomia can go longer between most of your other houseplants between waterings. Water when the first two inches of soil are dry, or when the leaves start to droop.
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Peperomia Ginny

Cute and colorful, with white, pink, and green leaves.
very easy, perfect for beginners, low to bright indirect light
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