The Peperomia is a perennial epiphyte native to the tropical regions of Central and South America. Peperomia plants are excellent air purifiers. They are very easy to care for and require similar care habits to most succulents making them a great addition to any desk or shelf.
Peperomia plants grow well in the bright indirect light provided by a west or east-facing window. These plants can even grow under fluorescent lights. Insufficient light causes the slow-growing peperomia plant to stop growing altogether. Direct sunlight burns the leaves.
Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before you water. Over watering, resulting in root rot, is the main cause of serious Peperomia plant problems. It’s best to water these plants from the bottom. This technique keeps the leaves dry and helps prevent plant diseases. The thick leaves of peperomia plants hold water and allow the plant to withstand long periods without moisture.
Warm temperatures between 60°-80° F are best. Temperatures below 50°-55° F and cold drafts from windows and doors damage peperomia plant leaves.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
The main reason this happens is due to over watering. You should only water your Peperomia when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. When you water your plant allow the water to flow freely from the drainage holes and discard any excess water in the saucer to prevent root rot.
Why are my leaves limp and drooping?
This is likely due to under watering. Peperomias do not like to be kept consistently moist but they should not be under watered either. You should maintain a consistent watering schedule and water your Peperomia when the top 2-3 inches are dry.
Why is my Peperomia experiencing leaf loss?
Your plant may be in an area that is too cold. Peperomia plants do best in temperatures between 60°-70° F.