Since the 1930s, Peperomia has been sold as houseplants, largely due to their lower-light needs, smaller size, and succulent tendency.
Grown for its amazing foliage, peperomia can range from bushy to trailing, upright or cascading, with a variety of colors (red, green, grey, cream or variegated) and leaf shapes (thick, plump, smooth, rippled or shiny). With this plant, one can create eye-catching arrangements for small home spaces.
photo credit: National Garden Bureau
The care of peperomias depends on the species or cultivar chosen. All of them are a bit succulent, so watch the watering routine closely, putting your finger in the soil to monitor the top 50% of the soil and not wanting it too wet. Liking tighter spaces, it can be planted in a snug pot with a fast-draining potting medium, adding perlite and/or orchid bark for best results. Also, clay pots work well as water escapes through the porous pot sides. Generally, plants with thick, fleshy leaf variegation will stay brighter in a higher light situation. (See website below for descriptions of popular varieties.)
Within the Piperaceae family that provides the pepper spice in our foods, Peperomia, however, is not for human or pet consumption.
Credit to https://ngb.org/year-of-the-peperomia/
Blog written by: Vicki Gee-Treft, Master Gardener Volunteer
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