Basic Peperomia Pepperspot Care
This easy to care for plant can be a little difficult to get your hands on but totally worth if you can! Below you’ll find everything you know to help your Peperomia Pepperspot thrive!
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.
Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise I won’t be a happy plant.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Peperomia Pepperspot Propagation
Luckily propagating your Peperomia Pepperspot is a very easy and normally pretty successful process, this is because you can just take simple cuttings!
How to Propagate a Peperomia Pepperspot
The process for propagating your Peperomia Pepperspot is about as easy as it gets. To start make sure that you have a healthy and mature parent plant, this give your a slightly higher success rate and will also lower the risk of causing problems with the starter plant.
Next, with some clean sharp shears or scissors, snip off some cuttings from the stems. Take these stems and submerge the bases in some water, these should start rooting pretty quickly. Once you have some leaves and a good healthy root ball go ahead and plant them into some good quality potting mix and continue care as normal.
Keep them away from direct sunlight
Peperomia Pepperspot natively grow beneath the Amazonian canopy so don’t deal well with direct light and it can scorch the leaves. You’ll want to find a spot with amble indirect light.
Let the soil dry out between waterings
Peperomia Pepperspots need a good watering every week during summer but you want to make sure that the potting mix has dried out slightly before watering again. This will help to avoid waterlogged soil and root rot. Cut back watering in winter.
They like warm temperatures
Peperomia Pepperspots don’t like to live in cold temperatures so keep them away from drafty windows/doors or AC vents.
Misting will help to boost humidity
Your Peperomia Pepperspot will love you if the humidity level gets a little boost. The best way to do this is to mist the plant a few times a week or use a humidifier. This will go a long way to preventing brown leaves on your Peperomia Pepperspot.
Feed monthly during summer
When it comes to fertilising your Peperomia Pepperspot, we recommend using a weak water-soluble fertiliser once a month during spring and summer to support growth. Cut back on fertiliser completely during winter as growth will be dormant.
Propagate through stem cuttings
The most successful method of propagating a Peperomia Pepperspot is through stem cuttings. Pop the cutting in water and after a few weeks, you should start to see roots appear from the node. Make sure to refresh the water regularly to stop it from stagnating!
Peperomia Pepperspots are toxic for pets
You’ll be pleased to know that Peperomia Pepperspot plants are safe for pets.
Peperomia Pepperspot FAQs
Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Peperomia Pepperspot .
Is the Peperomia Pepperspot easy to care for?
Despite having very delicate small leaves, the Peperomia Pepperspot is actually easier to care for than it looks. The hardest part tends to be getting your hands on one of these to begin with but once you’ve found a good spot for them, they are quite easy to look after.
How much water does a Peperomia Pepperspot need?
You want to water your Peperomia Pepperspot about once a week during summer and less in winter. It’s important that the potting mix has time to fully dry out between waterings.
Can a Peperomia Pepperspot tolerate direct sunlight?
No you need to keep your Peperomia Pepperspot well away from direct light. They have super delicate leaves so any intense light will quickly dry them out and learve them scorched.
How quickly does the Peperomia Pepperspot grow?
Like most Peperomia plants, the Peperomia Pepperspot is quite a slow grower, making them perfect for small spaces.
Are Peperomia Pepperspot plants toxic to cats?
Peperomia Pepperspot plants are safe and non-toxic to cats. Whilst you still want to avoid them consuming large quantities of it, it’s not dangerous if they come into contact with it or nibble at it slightly.
Are Peperomia Pepperspot plants toxic to dogs?
Peperomia Pepperspot plants are safe and non-toxic to dogs so you don’t have to worry about your pets being around them.
Common Problems with your Peperomia Pepperspot
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
Why is my Peperomia Pepperspot leggy?
Without sufficient light, your Peperomia Pepperspot may become leggy as it tries to reach enough light. Move your Peperomia Pepperspot to a slightly sunnier spot and trim away the leggy growth if you prefer.
Why does my Peperomia Pepperspot have yellow leaves?
Yellow leaves on a Peperomia Pepperspot can indicate either too much water or too much sunlight. If the plant gets too much light the yellow patches will look scorched and burnt. Check the soil to see if watering issues it the problem and adjust watering or environment accordingly.
Why is my Peperomia Pepperspot losing leaves?
If your Peperomia Pepperspot is dropping leaves then it may be due to cold temperatures or overwatering. Make sure that it’s not near any drafty windows, doors or AC vents and check the soil to see if waterlogged.
Why does my Peperomia Pepperspot have brown leaves?
Brown leaves on a Peperomia Pepperspot is most commonly caused by either watering issues, or a lack of humidity.
Both underwatering and overwatering can cause your Peperomia Pepperspot to turn brown but there are distinct differences to help you diagnose the problem correctly. Underwatering will cause the leaves on your Peperomia Pepperspot to become quite crispy and light brown in colour whereas overwatering will turn the leaves quite dark brown and soft to touch. Check the moisture levels in the potting mix and adjust your watering schedule moving forward.
If the leaves on your Peperomia Pepperspot are becoming quite brown and crispy, but there is no issue with watering, then it might also be a lack of humidity that is the cause. Mist your plant daily and this should prevent any more brown leaves from developing.
Why is my Peperomia Pepperspot losing leaves?
Overwatering is most commonly the reason that Peperomia Pepperspot lose their leaves as they have very delicate roots and stems. If the soil is waterlogged for too long, the roots will begin to rot and your plant will drop leaves as a result. Check the potting mix and replace the soil immediately if waterlogged. Don’t wait for it to dry out naturally as this risks your plant losing even more leaves.
It’s also important to know that Peperomia Pepperspot plants lose their leaves quite frequently as part of their natural ageing process. This leaf drop isn’t the result of any problem, it’s just a natural process that allows your plant to focus energy on growing new bigger leaves. If your Peperomia Pepperspot is growing more leaves than it is losing, and the rate of leaf drop isn’t increasing, then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.
Why is my Peperomia Pepperspot drooping?
The most common cause of a drooping Peperomia Pepperspot is a lack of moisture. If the potting mix has been dry for too long, and your plant is dehydrated, it will begin to droop as the stems become floppy. Give your plant plenty of water if the soil is dry and you should see your plant stop drooping in a matter of hours.
Your Peperomia Pepperspot might also droop down as a result of temperature stress. They don’t deal so well with cold temperatures so if they are next to a draft window or door, this might be causing your plant to droop.
Why does my Peperomia Pepperspot have curling leaves?
This can be quite a subtle issue to spot as their leaves are so small, but it can happen that Peperomia Pepperspot plants curl their leaves in response to direct sunlight. It’s important that your Peperomia Pepperspot doesn’t receive any intense sunlight as their leaves are so delicate and they can burn easily. Before scorching, your Peperomia Pepperspot will curl its leaves to shield itself from that direct sun.
Luckily, the fix is super simple as you just need to find a slightly shadier spot for your Peperomia Pepperspot and their leaves should gradually uncurl.