Peperomia obtusifolia is part of the Piperaceae family and its native range is Florida to Tropical America. Leaves are green, fleshy and succulent and round to ovate in shape. Leaves are typically rigid when the plant is hydrated and will shrivel and become flaccid when the plant requires watering. The cultivar 'Lemon Lime' has asymmetric splashes of dark green across the midrib.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘peperi’ meaning pepper and ‘homoios’ meaning one with or the same as - this is in reference to how similar the plant looks to Piper nigrum (Black Pepper). The specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘obtusus’ meaning blunt and ‘folia’ meaning leaved.
Pot: ø 14cm.
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Ceramic pot not included.
Light: Indirect light, this means allowing your plant to have a wide view of the sky, this kind of light is somewhere between 200-400 foot-candles.
Water: Peperomia prefer evenly moist soil, providing that the plant is receiving appropriate light, water when the top inch of mix has dried out. Before watering, aerate the potting mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top of the potting mix and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. Alternatively, you can sit the plant on a saucer of water for about 20 minutes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings. Swapping orchid bark for horticultural sand would also work too.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Peperomia obtusifolia prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray, using a cloche or using a humidifier.
Peperomia is non-toxic.
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 a little between watering.
How do you water Peperomia obtusifolia?
Water Peperomia obtusifolia by allowing the top inch or so of the potting mix to dry out before watering. Overwatering will cause damage to the plants root system.
Is Peperomia obtusifolia toxic to pets?
Peperomia obtusifolia is not toxic to pets, 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.