Peperomias are easy care, low maintenance plants that come in a wide assortment of colors and growth habits. Their care is similar to the care of succulents and cacti, so they’re a perfect step-up for new plant parents.
Light – Medium to bright, indirect light is preferred though they can adapt to low light.
Water – Peperomias prefer to dry out completely in between waterings, which takes about 1 to 2 weeks. Thoroughly saturate the soil when you water.
Soil – Use a well draining soil, as Peperomias do not enjoy wet feet. A cactus potting soil, like Espoma Cactus Mix, is perfect for them, but an all-purpose soil works well too. If you find your soil is staying too wet, add perlite to increase drainage or cut back on your watering.
Temperature – Peperomias prefer temperatures between 65° and 75° and should not be exposed to temperatures below 30°.
Humidity – Unlike succulents, Peperomia prefer high humidity so set a tray of water and pebbles or a humidifier nearby. If your bathroom gets enough light, its humidity levels are perfect for Peperomias.
Fertilization – Peperomia rarely want fertilization, but if the need arises, select a balanced fertilizer like Bonide Liquid Plant Food and dilute it.
Size – Peperomias tend to stay small, averaging 8 to 12 inches tall and wide at maturity.
Repotting – These plants tend to be slow growing and enjoy being pot bound. When you repot, be sure to select a container only slightly larger than its current one. Select a container with good drainage to prevent waterlogged soil.
Propagation – Peperomias are extremely easy to propagate from cuttings, just be sure to keep humidity and temperatures high.
Toxicity – Considered non-toxic to people and pets.