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Peperomia

Botanical Name
Peperomia spp.
Height
From 2 inches up to 3 feet - many, many varieties
Width
6 to 18 inches
Light
Bright, indirect light, tolerates lower light
Soil
Well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Less variegation and smaller leaves in low light
  • Water when top few inches of soil dry
  • Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer to avoid overwatering that can lead to root rot
  • Thicker leaf varieties are more drought tolerant
  • Generally slow growing, minimal fertilizer and pruning needed
  • Prune back if plants become leggy
    • Cuttings can be used to start new plants
  • Ripple peperomias can be propagated by leaf cuttings
Problems
Root rot if grown in too large of a container
Varieties
  • Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata 'Ripple') - wrinkled heart-shaped leaves
  • Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia) - smooth green leaves are streaked in striped with silver, making them resemble a watermelon rind
  • Japanese Peperomia (Peperomia japonica) - small leaves with a rippled texture, pinkish-red stems, great for terrariums
  • Beetle Peperomia (Peperomia quadrangularis) - trailing or creeping habit; small green leaves with lighter green stripes
  • Jade Peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya 'Jade') - shiny teardrop-shaped leaves, up to 18"
  • Teardrop Peperomia (Peperomia orba) - dark green teardrop-shaped leaves, great for terrariums
  • Variegated Teardrop Peperomia (P. orba 'Variegata') - glossy green leaves variegated with golden yellow, small scale plant is a good choice for terrariums
  • Rainbow Peperomia (Peperomia clusiifolia 'Rainbow') - thick light green leaves edged with yellow and blushed with red stems and leaf margins
  • Variegated Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia 'Variegata') - upright habit, round waxy leaves mottled in green and gold variegation
  • Columbian Peperomia (Peperomia metallica var. columbiana) - bronze purple leaves with a metallic-purple stripe
  • Belly Button Peperomia (Peperomia verticillata) - small dark green leaves
  • Jelly Peperomia (Peperomia clusiifolia 'Jelly') - large thick leaves with cream and pink edging
  • Peperomia perciliata - small scale plant that grows 2 inches tall and 8 or more inches wide, small heart-shaped leaves are connected to red stems, ideal for terrariums
  • Cupid Peperomia (Peperomia scandens 'Variegata') - trailing habit, light green heart-shaped leaves rimmed in creamy gold

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