Propagation

How to Propagate a Raindrop Peperomia

Raindrop Peperomia is definitely an underrated plant, they are pretty easy to care for, are non-toxic and have incredible thick raindrop shaped leaves.

How to Propagate a Raindrop Peperomia

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

  • Sharp scissors/shears

  • Spare pot(s)

  • 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.

 

  • 1

    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.

  • 2

    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.

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    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.

  • 5

    Be patient 

    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.

  • 6

    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.

  • 7

    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

 

  • 1

    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.

  • 2

    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.

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    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.

  • 5

    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.

  • 6

    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!

  • 7

    Be patient

    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. 

  • 8

    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!

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.

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!

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