Peperomias are popular beginner plants that can cheer up any space. Learn more about these cute plants and see our favorite ones.
About the Plant
Peperomias are ornamental plants of the peppercorn family, Piperaceae, and there are over 1,500 species. Peperomia varieties have unique foliage that can range in shape and size, and come in shades of green, yellow, pink, and sage. They’re easy to care for, pet-friendly, and air-purifying–making them an ideal indoor plant for just about anyone!
Peperomias originate from the tropical areas of South America and are often found at the foot of trees in the rainforest where they can stay warm and bask in indirect light. As indoor plants, most Peperomias will do best in medium to bright indirect light, and prefer east or west-facing windows. However, many can handle low light or even fluorescent light, making them a great desk plant. Be aware that growth will be much slower under a lower light situation, and the plant will need less water, so be sure not to overwater.
The biggest culprit for unhappy Peperomias is overwatering. When it comes to Peperomias, it’s better to underwater them. Signs you have overwatered your Peperomia include droopy leaves, rotting stalks, waterlogged soil, and leaves that are yellowing. This could eventually kill the plant. During fall and winter, Peperomia plants slow in growth, so they will not need as much water.
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