Be honest: When you first saw the word “peperomia”, an image of pepperoni pizza flashed in your mind, didn’t it? We’ll admit, if we’re comparing the amount of cheesy deliciousness between the two, pizza probably wins. Show More >
Be honest: When you first saw the word “peperomia”, an image of pepperoni pizza flashed in your mind, didn’t it? We’ll admit, if we’re comparing the amount of cheesy deliciousness between the two, pizza probably wins. But if we’re talking about year-round beauty that thrives most anywhere in the house, these glossy-leafed gladiators are the clear victors. Often called “baby rubber plants” because of the way their chunky, glossy leaves resemble those of a full-sized rubber tree, these natives of South America and Mexico look lush, but actually require very little care. They’re comfortable most anywhere in the house—which explains their remarkably unglamorous alternate name, “Radiator Plants”—but look spectacular as hanging plants, on-the-shelf specimens, or even ground cover in warmer zones.
The Peperomia Family - beautiful tropical plants for indoors and outdoors
Peperomia catches the eye with pairs of thick, glossy, rounded-oval leaves that vary from pure, emerald green to gray-green with wide cream edges to yellow, depending upon the specific cultivar. Depending upon its location and care (light, water, pruning/pinching), Peperomia can develop a dense, rounded shape—great for pots—or a more open, trailing habit suited for hanging baskets or (climate-permitting) groundcover. On rare occasions, your peperomia may even flower. The tiny, cream-white blooms and inch-long flower stalk aren’t much to write home about, but they’re a nice confirmation that your peperomia is feeling right at home.
It's like having your own tropical plant nursery…
Peperomia cuttings with two or more leaves intact are easy to root in loose, moist soil (a 50/50 mix of sand and peat moss works beautifully) as long as neither the soil nor the air are allowed to dry out too much (peperomias love humidity). Some varieties can even be rooted in a simple glass of water—which really isn't all that surprising considering these plants are so unfussy that they actually enjoy fluorescent light. They do have modest root systems though, so don't let mature peperomias sit in water-logged soil or they can rot. < Show Less