The Peperomia family contains over 1500 species of plants. The tend to be small compact plants and there is huge variation within the family. Some of the well known types of Peperomia are the Watermelon Peperomia, Peperomia Hope and Peperomia Rosso. The entire Peperomia family is considered non-toxic and therefore safe to have in a home with a cat or dog that enjoys the occasional nibble!
Peperomia do best in bright indirect light, an east or west facing room is perfect. Avoid excess direct sunlight in the summer as this can burn the leaves.
Peperomia like to be watered when the soil is roughly half dry so use your finger to feel how moist the soil is. When it's time to water, water thoroughly and allow the excess water to drain away.
Peperomia have juicy leaves and when they are thirsty the leaves tend to lose their rigidity and feel flimsy. So if you are concerned about over watering - let the plant get to this point to get a good idea about how long it takes for it to dry out.
I prefer to bottom water peperomia because they are often very full and it can be tricky to water from the top. To do this you put the plant in a bowl of water so the water reaches about half way up the plant pot and let it sit for about half an hour to soak up the water. Remove the plant and allow it to drain before placing back into it's cover pot.
Normal household humidity will be fine for peperomia.
You can feed your peperomia with every second watering or around once a month in the warmer months. Feeding is not required over autumn/winter as the plant is not actively growing. You can purchase our plant food here.
How to propagate:
Peperomia plants are very easy to propagate through either stem or leaf cuttings. Which method you use depends on the variation you have so if you want to give it a go drop us a message or an email and we will guide you through it!