Peperomia make ideal house plants as they are low care and easy maintenance. There are many varieties, with different foliage and they tolerate a wide range of conditions making them perfect newbies.
This plant will do best in a well lit space, out of direct sunlight. They love light, but direct sunlight can cause their leaves to burn. If you notice your peperomia appears to be stretching or leaning in a direction, it may be trying to reach a more bright spot in the room. If this happens, you can prune it back to its original shape and move the plant to a different position, with more natural light.
Overwatering is the main problem people have with their peperomia. These plants like their soil to dry out between watering. If you’re not sure if the soil is dry, poke your finger a couple of cm’s into the top of the soil and see if it’s moist. If so, hold off watering. If the under soil is dry, or almost dry, you can go ahead and water it. As with all plants, drainage is important, so make sure when you do water your plant, the water has somewhere to go so it doesn’t sit at the bottom of the soil and cause root rot or fungal problems.
Many species of peperomia have succulent like qualities. This means that have the ability to withstand water loss, which is why you should take care not to overwater this plant. This is also what makes them such a great option for introducing people to house plants. Gently wipe down the plants leaves to keep them free from dust. Use scissors or snips to remove any damaged or dying leaves so that the plant can redirect its resources to the healthy parts of the plant.
This plant is non toxic and generally a safe option for the home. We always recommend doing your own research on the toxicity of plants and making your own decisions about whether the plant is the right one for your home.