Caring for Peperomia

Caring for Peperomia
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Peperomia is a wonderful compact sized houseplant that will thrive in many areas of your home. There are dozens of varieties, all related to the plant that produces the black pepper we use at the table. Because it's a smaller plant it works well in dish gardens. I've had several over the years that were pretty and interesting with their textured and variegated leaves.
Peperomias require indirect light and will grow well under florescent light. Windowsills that don't receive direct sun are a nice location for these plants. For instance, I have a window on the north side of the house that is sort of blocked in-it's very bright but doesn't really receive direct sun. I always have to look for plants like peperomia to brighten up the windowsill.

Use standard potting soil when you repot, and keep them in rooms that stay about 60 degrees. They can also take very warm temperatures and don't need extra humidity. Peperomia's watering needs are important for it to thrive. You want to water it thoroughly with room temperature water, and then allow the topsoil to dry before watering again. BUT, you don't want the plant to completely dry out at any point. This will damage leaves, which should be cut off with a sharp knife. It's one of those plants that needs to be between moist and dry, but never too much of either. Once you get into a routine the plant should be fine.

Peperomia is a lovely texture plant that is perfect for small areas that need a little brightening up!


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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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