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 25cm from base of pot
How do you care for Peperomia obtusifolia?
Care for Peperomia obtusifolia by keeping it in warm conditions of above 16°C all year. Anything lower and damage to leaves will occur. Keep this plant in indirect sunlight, allow the soil to dry out between watering and re-pot when the roots have filled the existing to prevent root rot setting in.
How do you water Peperomia obtusifolia?
Water Peperomia obtusifolia by allowing 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 during winter and mist leaves very frequently or place plant on watered pebble tray, but do not let the plant sit in water.
How much light does a Peperomia plant need?
A Peperomia plant needs regular doses of bright, indirect sunlight in order to grow and remain healthy. Placing this plant in a west or east-facing window is ideal, but be aware of direct sunlight, as this will burn the leaves. Foliage will appear less vibrant when the plant is deprived of sunlight.
Is Peperomia obtusifolia toxic to pets?
Peperomia obtusifolia is not toxic to pets, unlike other members of its plant family, as such this plant can be kept in a family home without the risk of cats and dogs getting sick from trying a bite.
Is Peperomia obtusifolia a succulent?
Peperomia obtusifolia has succulent-like qualities, however, it is not technically classed as a succulent. These plants prefer humid, warm conditions with plenty of moisture, whereas succulents thrive in arid environments, with very little water.
Can Peperomia obtusifolia grow outside?
Peperomia obtusifolia can grow outside in a sheltered spot during consistently warm weather of above 16°C. As these conditions are unfortunately a rarity in the UK, it’s recommended to keep these plants inside throughout the year, doing so guarantees that they are in conditions closer to their natural habitat and will encourage more natural growth.