Peperomias are a diverse group of small, easy-care houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. There are over 1000 varieties of peperomia plants and most are native to Central and South America. All peperomia plants, which belong to the Pepper Family, are semi-succulents with very similar care requirements. The leaves, thick and plump, rippled, smooth, or shiny, can be various shades of green, red, grey, and cream. The pattern on the leaves may be marbled, striped, or a solid colour. Peperomia plant flowers are tiny and inconsequential, growing in clusters on upright conical spikes.
Keep these plants in a brightly lit spot with partial sunshine. In the height of summer make sure plants aren’t scorched by direct sunlight as this can result in brown, washed out leaves. Turn the pot frequently to prevent leaves turning towards the light.
These plants prefer dry conditions, but also like a good drink. Water thoroughly but allow the soil to mostly dry out between waterings. We check that the top layer soil is dry before watering these plants. This is typically once a week during the summer months, and once every 2-3 weeks during winter months.
These plants prefer free draining, well aerated soil. We recommend purchasing cactus and succulent soil which will be mixed with ingredients such as perlite, coconut husk or pumice stone to achieve this. If your pot doesn’t have drainage holes, be careful not to water too much to avoid excess moisture sitting around the roots, as this can lead to root rot.