The Peperomia is a beautiful, easy-going evergreen succulent that you will want to make room for in your windowsill collection. Peperomias are symmetrical, dianty-looking plants that have circular, thick waxy leaves. The plant is native to Southern Florida, the Carribean, and Central and South America. You may hear the Peperomia referred to as a baby rubber plant, radiator plant, peperomia green, or pepper face plant. It can grow up to 6-12 inches tall and wide.
Over 1,500 species of Peperomia are found throughout subtropical and tropical locations. Many of these varieties are epiphytes, meaning they grow on decomposing bark or tree crevices in the wild.
Peperomia plants like bright, indirect sunlight. Some species can tolerate lower light conditions, but they will not thrive in the darker areas of your home.
Peperomia leaves store water in case of possible times of drought in their natural habitat, making them especially forgiving of plant parents who are chronic under-waterers. As a general rule of thumb, water your Peperomia when its soil is totally dry. During the winter months, your Peperomia will not need much water at all.
Peperomias thrive in warm tropical environments but can tolerate average household temperatures. Keep your peperomia away from air conditioners or drafty windows to avoid damaged or dropped leaves.
Peperomias can handle the average humidity of most homes. They will do just fine if you choose to put them in the kitchen, bathroom, or near a humidifier. Be mindful not to overwater your peperomia if you choose to place it in a more humid location.
Peperomias prefer chunky, well-draining soil. An orchid or a succulent mix is best, or make your own at home by adding perlite or vermiculite to a standard potting mix.
Peperomia plants are not toxic to humans or pets.