Plant Care:

Pepperface Peperomia

Description:

Commonly known as the baby rubber plant. The shiny Pepperface Peperomia has slender stems that support fleshy, almost succulent-looking, spoon-shaped leaves. Though these plants are often compact, they can grow to approximately 1’.

Botanical Classification: Peperomia obtusifolia

Pets And Kids:

Pet and kid-friendly!

Note: The Baby Rubber Plant’s larger cousin, the Rubber Tree (or Ficus benjamina), is actually toxic to dogs and cats

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • If stems and leaves begin overgrowing you can pinch out the top of certain stems to stop growth, otherwise they begin to grow spindly and out of shape in appearance.
  • Pepperface peperomia is easily propagated via leaf-cuttings.
  • Pepperface peperomia can regenerate after completely dying back to the stem.

General Care:

Pepperface Peperomia’s leaves hold a considerable amount of moisture, this plant is slightly drought-tolerant. Allowing it to dry out too often may cause damage to the leaves, but the occasional skipped watering won’t do much harm. Occasional pinching out of growing points during spring and summer will induce plants to produce more side-shoots and become bushier.

Water:

Water every 7 to 10 days. Allow the top soil to dry out completely and then water thoroughly. Do not over-water.

Sunlight:

Bright indirect light. As a general rule, variegated foliage requires more sunlight than darker green foliage. Tolerates low light. While short periods of direct light are fine, too much full sun will cause leaf discoloration.

Placement:

Windowsills, greenhouses and conservatories are ideal places to display this plant. Bright light is very important.

Food:

Peperomia are naturally slow-growing and do not require a lot of fertilizer. Fertilize twice a year using half-strength liquid fertilizer during spring and summer only.

Common Issues:

WiltingMost common cause is lack of water. Too much sunlight and over fertilizing may also cause wilting. Limp leaves and stems with leaf loss may also be a sign of overwatering. To distinguish, check the soil.

Leaves losing variegation/colorThe most common cause is lack of light, although lack of fertilizer could cause loss of color.

Browning of leaf edges or tips – cold drafts

Blisters on fleshy leaves – Usually a symptom of over-watering that can lead to root rot.

Interesting Fact

In Brazil, Pepperface Peperomia are viewed as lucky.