HOW TO CARE FOR
- Watermelon (shown here)
- Red Ripple
Peperomia is an easy care indoor plant perfect for beginner plant parents and experts alike. It is available in a myriad of colors and interesting textures from green to burgundy with silver or white stripes. One of our favorites, with leaves that look like tiny melons, is the Watermelon Peperomia as shown here.
Consider adding several varieties to your collection for a vivid display.
When should I water my Peperomia?
To see if your Peperomia plant needs water, stick your finger about an inch down into the soil. If the soil feels dry, water. If the soil feels moist, do not water. If you are unsure, check again in a few days. Many varieties of this houseplant can effectively hold water in their fleshy stems and leaves during times of drought, so they can hold their own if you forget to water or go on vacation.
Never mist your foliage. Misting leaves causes fungal issues and disease. The only plants that are okay to mist are ferns and carnivorous plants.
Peperomia grows best in medium light conditions. They can tolerate low light, but do not grow as well and their foliage may not be as vibrant.
The size of a Peperomia plant depends on its variety.
Peperomia prefer a well-drained soil or cactus mix.
TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Peperomia enjoy high humidity and adapt well to normal household temperatures.
Peperomia plants may be fertilized March through October with an all-purpose houseplant food. To help it grow optimally and evenly, occasionally dust the leaves, and rotate the pot by a ¼ turn once a month. Prune only when needed.
ARE PEPEROMIA PET SAFE?
According to the ASPCA, Peperomia is non-toxic to dogs and cats.
If the edges of the leaves turn brown, dry or curl up, the plant may be under-watered and lacking humidity. Yellow or pale leaves may be a sign of overwatering.
The Benefits of Houseplants
(…and why we love them)
They purify & clean the air
Boost your mood, reducing stress & anxiety
Help you sleep better
Act as natural humidifiers
Enhance cognitive skills
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