As far as houseplants that are easy to care for while lending a finished look to any shelf, peperomia can’t be beaten. This plant’s oversized, waxy leaf design makes it a showstopper, and variegated shades of green add dimension. Also known as the baby rubber plant, peperomia has a compact, vertical growth pattern that lends a distinctive look too small spaces.
Shelf-sized peperomia plants have been known to spruce up a radiator or two and also class up bookshelves, kitchen nooks, and window sills. Peperomia can make a great addition to a shelf stocked with several small houseplants, or it can be a standalone beauty wherever it fits in your space.
How To Keep Your Peperomia Plant Happy
Peperomia plants sometimes grow as epiphytes, meaning they grow on top of trees and other plants without becoming parasitic. They are also keen on tropical environments and tend to store water in their thick, glossy leaves. Keeping these factors in mind will help you understand how best to care for your peperomia. They’re forgiving, low-maintenance plants known for being great for the novice gardener.
How Much Light Does a Peperomia Plant Need?
How Do I Use Plant Food for My Peperomia Plant?
Once your peperomia plant is settled into its new digs, plant food is an important part of fostering its growth and keeping its signature variegated leaf pattern going strong.
For a shelf-sized peperomia plant in a container that’s between 5 and 6 inches in diameter, insert 3 new plant food spikes (included with your peperomia plant purchase) into the soil once a month during the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter months, you can cut back to replacing the plant food spikes every 2 months.
What Is the Ideal Environment for My Peperomia Plant?
How Do I Prune and Maintain My Peperomia Plant?
What Are Common Peperomia Plant Issues?
Most issues with peperomia plants occur due to overwatering or lack of humidity.
- Brown leaf tips can indicate that your peperomia needs more humidity. Use a mister regularly to gently add moisture to the air around your plant.
- Scabs (also called edema) under peperomia’s leaves can happen as a result of over-watering. Wait a while before watering again, and prune back damaged leaves. Make sure you’re letting the top inch of soil dry out before you water your peperomia.
- Shriveling leaves can be the result of too much salt in the soil where your peperomia is growing. You can remove the container tray and gently flush the soil, allowing a good amount of water to go through the soil and come out of the drain hole. This is best done in an empty sink to prevent a mess. Another option is to gently remove your peperomia plant from its container, rinse out the container, and replant it with fresh potting mix. Carefully replace the plant and wait to see if the leaves stop shriveling.