There are over 1000 varieties of Peperomia and most are native to Central and South America. All Peperomia plants, which belong to the Piperaceae family are semi-succulents with similar care requirements.
The most common are Peperomia caperata, obtusifolia and rotundifolia.
Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot
Secrets to success
Temperature: Warm, keep above 16°C all year. Anything lower and damage to leaves will occur.
Light: Bright, in-direct light. A west or east facing window is idea but be aware direct sunlight will burn leaves.
Water: Allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering. Overwatering will cause damage to the plant. A good technique is to water from the bottom rather than directly onto the plant. Water less in winter.
Air humidity: Mist leaves very frequently or place plant on watered pebble tray. Do not let the plant sit in water.
Re-potting: Re-pot Peperomia plants to the next size container when the roots of the plant have filled the existing pot. Planting Peperomia in a pot that is too large prevents the soil from drying out quickly and causes rootrot.
Propagation: These plants are easily propagated from leaf cuttings, stem tip cuttings and plant division. Be sure to allow the cut ends of the Peperomia leaves or stems being used for propagation to dry out for several hours or overnight before planting them.
This plant is non-toxic.