Raindrop Peperomia is definitely an underrated plant, they are pretty easy to care for, are non-toxic and have incredible thick raindrop shaped leaves. They’re cool plants to propagate too as there are several methods you can use, some more challenging than others!
Below you’ll find our complete Raindrop Peperomia propagation guide, with a step by step guide to the different methods, a list of tools and equipment that you’ll need as well as our top tips to help you along the way. Oh and we’ve also included a list of common problems to help you identify any problems and solve them fast!
Why propagate a Raindrop Peperomia?
There are several reasons why you might choose to or have to propagate your Raindrop Peperomia. Firstly, simply getting new houseplants for free; propagation is a great way to make gifts for friends and family without having to spend more money on plants (although we love doing that too of course!)
Another reason why you might choose to propagate your Raindrop Peperomia is to shape your plant and curb any leggy growth. Pruning your plant can help to encourage bushier growth and instead of simply throwing away those beautiful Raindrop Peperomia leaves and stems, this gives you the perfect opportunity to propagate your plant.
You may also need to propagate your Raindrop Peperomia if you notice any bad signs such as brown or yellow leaves, loss of leaves or signs of pests. If you think your plant is starting to die, it might be a good idea to take some cuttings from the healthy part of your plant and propagate it whilst also trying to revive your mother plant.
The tools/equipment you will need to propagate a Raindrop Peperomia
A healthy and mature Raindrop Peperomia
Fresh soil and water
Sealable plastic bag (if propagating through the leaf-cutting method)
Newspaper or plastic sheet (if you’re propagating indoors)
What are the different methods that can be used to propagate a Raindrop Peperomia?
One of the greatest things about Raindrop Peperomia plants is that there are several ways to propagate them. Each method comes, of course, with its own set of advantages, challenges and barriers.
You can propagate one whole leaf of your Raindrop Peperomia and roots will form from the leaf stem but you can also cut the leaf and place the sections in potting mix to grow new roots. You can also propagate your Raindrop Peperomia plant by dividing cutlets and growing those in water or directly in potting soil depending on the maturity of the root system.
We will go over each different method in detail below so you can figure out which is the best for you and your plant!
How to propagate a Raindrop Peperomia using leaf cuttings
Raindrop Peperomia plants are great to propagate as you can do it from a single leaf, unlike a lot of other houseplants where you need a node/stem cutting.
Locate a healthy leaf
When taking a leaf cutting from your Raindrop Peperomia you want to make sure that the part of the plant you are cutting is healthy to give you any chance of success. Avoid using any leaves that are showing signs of disease or pests as any problems will be transferred onto your new cuttings.
You can try to propagate leaves that have naturally fallen off (as you’ve got nothing to lose) but you will have more success with healthy leaves.
Make the cut
Use your clean scissors to cut off one or several leaves. Make sure your tools are clean to avoid passing on any bad bacteria to your cutting. Cut fairly close to the stem to as this helps if you choose to grow it in water.
Choose how to grow your leaf cutting
It’s at this stage you need to decide between the two main methods of growing leaf cuttings. The first method is where you place the stalk attached to the leaf in fresh water. After several weeks, roots will begin to grow.
For the second method you need to cut the leaf in half horizontally. Place both parts of the leaf into the potting mix with the cut side facing down. Push the leaf section with the stem further into the soil than the other as this is where the roots will form. With this method, you should see multiple Peperomia plants grow out across the edge of the leaf that was cut.
Place in a sealable clear plastic bag
If you’ve pot your cuttings in fresh mix, you want to create a little greenhouse with a plastic bag to make the environment warm and humid. Keep the bag a little open to have some air circulation. The humidity that will build up in the bag means you won’t have to water as much. Just a little each week or slightly more if you notice the potting mix is very dry. But be cautious when watering as overwatering is the number one reason why this method of propagating Raindrop Peperomia plants fails.
Now all there is left to do is wait and occasionally water and check in on your Raindrop Peperomia cuttings. It will take several weeks or even months for roots to start to grow. The most important thing is that you don’t try and check root growth every few days by pulling the cutting out to inspect it. This can damage the cutting and stop any future growth.
Check on your cuttings
After about 4-5 weeks, it’s time to check how growth is going on your Raindrop Peperomia cuttings. If roots are still very small and delicate then maybe grow in the ‘greenhouse’ for a few more weeks. If roots are quite established then you can start to grow the cutting outside of the plastic bag. If you’re growing the cuttings in water, then transfer to potting mix once the roots are more than a few centimetres in length.
Enjoy your new plants
After a few months, you may start to see new leaves growing out from your leaf cutting. This is a great sign and shows that your propagation efforts have been a success. Continue caring for your new plants as you would any other Raindrop Peperomia and in no time you should start to see even more new healthy growth appearing.
How to propagate a Raindrop Peperomia plant through the stem cutting method
Locate your stem cutting
Like with the method above, you need to make sure that the plant is healthy before propagating. You also need to make sure this section of your Raindrop Peperomia has at least one node. Nodes are stem joints where the leaves pop out from. You will pick the top of one of the stems for the first cutting, but you can then also take stem cuttings lower down to have a few shots at success.
Make the cut
This is the scary part! Now that you have located the section of the stem, you need to cut it off! Use clean scissors/ shears or a knife to make the cut to avoid passing on dirt or any infection to the plant. Use your tools to make a clean cut across your plant in a diagonal way. This increases the surface area of the cutting.
Take off any lower leaves
As you will be placing your cutting in water for several weeks you want to carefully remove any leaves on the lower part of the cutting that may end up sitting in the water. They will rot if they are sat in water for a long period of time so best to cut them off now. If your Raindrop Peperomia cutting only has a few leaves then skip this step and make sure the water level isn’t super high.
Fill up your container with water
Next, you want to fill up a glass with fresh water to place your Raindrop Peperomia cutting into. Use temperate water as extremes will harm your cutting and decrease your chances of a successful propagation.
Place your Raindrop Peperomia cutting in water
Make sure that the node(s) on the stem cutting is sat in the water so that the roots will start to grow out from there. Place your glass in bright but indirect sunlight away from any temperature extremes.
Change out the water regularly
Refresh the water every few days to keep it free from bacteria and stop it from stagnating. Stagnant water will not only harm your plant but it will smell pretty bad too!
This is the point at which Raindrop Peperomia propagation can get a little boring. There is nothing left to do other than change out the water and wait for roots to grow. Don’t worry if this process takes several weeks or months as that is totally normal! Raindrop Peperomia propagation is very unpredictable and depends on a lot of things so just make sure your cutting is healthy and you should start to see new roots soon.
Plant your Raindrop Peperomia cuttings into potting mix
Once the roots on your Raindrop Peperomia cutting have matured well growing in water you can pot your cutting into soil. We recommend using a high-quality potting mix to aid with drainage and aeration. Carefully place your cutting into the mix making sure not to damage the delicate newly formed roots and continue regular Raindrop Peperomia care.
Raindrop Peperomia Propagation FAQs
Propagating Raindrop Peperomia plants can be a little trickier than other plants (especially when propagating through single leaves) so it’s really important to understand the various steps, the best time of year, equipment needed and fertiliser needs. Below you will find all the answers to your Raindrop Peperomia propagation questions!
What’s the best time of year to propagate a Raindrop Peperomia?
We always recommend propagating Raindrop Peperomia plants in early spring. They take a long time to root and grow new leaves, especially if you’re propagating through single leaves rather than stem cuttings. Propagating in spring gives your plant plenty of sunshine and a warm environment which will encourage new roots and leaves to grow.
Propagating your Raindrop Peperomia in autumn or winter will mean that your new plants will be trying to grow in the dormant period and you won’t see much growth. Cold temperatures can lead to an increased risk of root rot or leaf rot which can kill your Raindrop Peperomia cuttings quite quickly.
Can I use rooting hormone when propagating my Raindrop Peperomia?
Whilst it is not essential, you might want to use rooting gels if you’re propagating through stem cuttings. Whilst you can also sometimes use rooting gel on the leaves, they can be more sensitive to chemicals so we tend to stay away. Rooting hormone products stimulate root growth and help produce stronger healthier roots.
Do I need a grow light when propagating a Raindrop Peperomia?
Grow lights are great to use if your cuttings aren’t getting that much natural sunlight. They can help avoid problems such as slow and leggy growth and are great when propagating houseplants.
Grow lights are also a great investment beyond just propagation. If you don’t get much natural sunlight in your home then you can use these to help all of your plants grow stronger. We use them during autumn and winter when the days are a lot shorter and darker.
Can I propagate a Raindrop Peperomia plant from a single leaf?
Yes! One of the greatest things about Raindrop Peperomia plants is that you can propagate them from just a single leaf. It means that if you accidentally damage the plant and a leaf falls off you can propagate it instead of throwing it away. This is quite rare though as with most houseplants you’ll need a node or rhizome!
Do I need to fertilise my Raindrop Peperomia cuttings?
We never recommend fertilising your cuttings until they are around 1 year old. If propagating plants through division you can get away with it much sooner but with Raindrop Peperomia plants, it’s best to leave it for a while as your cuttings mature.
Common problems when propagating a Raindrop Peperomia plant
Propagating houseplants will never always be successful (even for plant experts) and you will probably run into some issues from time to time. But luckily for you, we have learnt the hard way to bring you all the different problems that might arise with your Raindrop Peperomia propagation as well as how you can try to solve them.
Why isn’t my new Raindrop Peperomia growing any new roots?
Propagating Raindrop Peperomia plants through leaf cuttings, and even stem cuttings, is a long game and it can take a month or two for any signs of new growth at all. As long as the environment and care are right for your Raindrop Peperomia leaf or stem cuttings then you should start to see new roots and leaves growing.
If you’re trying to propagate in autumn or winter then cool temperatures may be the cause of the lack of growth. You can help to speed up root growth by using a heat pad that you place underneath your plant to provide a nice warm environment.
Why is my Raindrop Peperomia leaf cutting turning mushy?
If your cutting is turning brown and mushy then unfortunately this isn’t a good sign as it means the cutting is rotting. The cause could be low temperatures, too much water or stagnant water.
Trim away the mushy parts of the leaf and see if there is anything left to start the propagation again. Hopefully, the healthy part of the leaf can still recover and grow roots.
Why are the new leaves on my new Raindrop Peperomia plants small?
After propagating your Raindrop Peperomia it’s totally normal for the new leaves to start off much smaller than those of the mother plant. This is completely natural and is simply due to the root system being much less mature than that of the larger plant that it came from. Give it time and slowly the new leaves will start to get bigger and you can trim away the smaller leaves to encourage new healthy growth.
We hope you have found this complete guide to Raindrop Peperomia propagation useful. It’s never an exact science and some cuttings will take longer to grow than others. But with the right methods, care and environment you should have plenty of new Raindrop Peperomia plants in no time!
Check out our Raindrop Peperomia care guide for all the information on how to care for your new plants after you’ve propagated them!