Peperomia

Botanical Name: Peperomia

 

Common Name: Baby rubber plant, watermelon peperomia, pepper face

 

Mature Size: Growing indoors, peperomias will typically only reach 2 feet in height

 

Sun Exposure: Medium to low light- avoid direct sunlight. 

 

Soil Type: Peperomias prefer a specific well-draining soil mix of approximately half peat moss and half perlite. 

 

Water: Typically, peperomias do best when watering from the bottom rather than the top.Allow the surface of the soil to dry out between waterings. Similar to succulents, peperomias hold water so lean towards less watering than most houseplants. 

 

Temperature: Prefer average household temperatures, 60 to 80 degrees F. May not survive a freeze as they prefer to be in warm environments. 

 

Potting/Repotting: Prefer to live in a relatively small container so be slow to repot. Peperomias prefer to be slightly root bound. Since they are slow-growers they may live in a pot for many years. Once you see roots popping out of the drainage holes, repot in a slightly larger pot. 

 

Fertilizer: Less is more. Dilute your standard indoor plant fertilizer to half its strength and feed every other waterings. Reduce in the winter months. 

 

Propagation: Propagate by division or cuttings, just make sure the cut section includes a node.

 

Toxicity: Safe and non-toxic

 

Fact: With over 1500 species, peperomias can be used in terrariums and creative dishes due to their succulent like nature and need for moist environments.