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Peperomia obtusifolia

Belonging to the Peperomia genus, Peperomia has a botanical name of Peperomia obtusifolia.

Peperomia have smooth oval fleshy bright green leaves that are slightly curved back from the stem. The stems are smooth and hairless and dark pink at the nodes turning more yellow at the internodes
Peperomia has unusual green flowers that are long and thin like mouse tails, they bright green with lighter green pin prick raised markings, similar to plantain
It has a trailing habit and can be grown to trail down from a shelf or suspended basket.
Small bushy houseplant for bright indirect light locations.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Lime green and   Yellow-green and   Apple green. When mature, blooms are roughly 10.0 cm (that's 3.9 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers are of an exotic form. Leaves appear approximately as a   La Salle Green and   Kelly green colour. Peperomia grows as an evergreen and is a flowering non-edible houseplant. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Peperomia is known for its phorb habit and growing to a height of approximately 15.0 cm (5.85 inches). This plant tends to bloom in late summer.

Venezuela is believed to be where Peperomia originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Peperomia is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Peperomia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Peperomia

  • Dappled Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Avoid afternoon sun.1 Let dry thoroughly before watering.1 Likes high humidity, especially in summer.1 Tolerates low light.2
Pinch out the growing tips to keep the growth contained
Refresh old plants by taking cuttings just below a leaf node and rooting into gritty compost

A dappled sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Peperomia is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Peperomia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Peperomia from seed

New plants are best made from stem cuttings. take a length of stem, cut just below a leaf node and pull off the lower leaves. Dib a hole into a gritty compost mix and insert the stem. Arrange three or four stems around the edge of a 7cm pot. Water once but leave to root.

Transplanting Peperomia

Use a clay pot and a loam and grit mixture, so it is more difficult to overwater. A wide shallow pot is best as peperomia has a trailing habit

As Peperomia is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 15°C / 59°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Peperomia problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Peperomia plants:

It is easy to overwater and cause rot

Spider mite, as the plant enjoys drier conditions

Other names for Peperomia

Baby rubberplant, pepper face,

Peperomia obtusifolia (L.) A. Dietr.

Peperomia care instructions

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