Ripple Peperomia Care

Peperomia caperata

Basic Ripple Peperomia Care

With unique rippled and wrinkled leaves, the Ripple Peperomia is quite a rare find in the houseplant world! Luckily they aren’t super difficult to care for. Below you should find everything you need to keep your Ripple Peperomia happy and healthy…

Medium Light

I prefer areas that aren’t too bright or shady. Finding a balance is important.

Water Moderately

I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.

Medium Humidity

Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise, I won’t be a happy plant.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.

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Detailed Ripple Peperomia Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Ripple Peperomia is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Keep them away from direct light

Ripple Peperomia plants can deal with quite a range of light levels, from low to bright, indirect light. The one thing you want to be careful of is too much exposure to direct light as this can scorch and burn their gorgeous leaves!

Water as the potting mix dries out

During summer you want to be watering your Ripple Peperomia at least once a week to prevent the potting mix from drying out for too long. Cut back in winter to fortnightly as colder temperatures will increase the risk of root rot as you plant simply won’t need as much water.

Room temperature is great for a Ripple Peperomia

You really don’t need to worry too much about temperature when caring for a Ripple Peperomia. The normal temperature in your home is fine. Just keep them away from cold drafts.

Don't worry too much about humidity

Humidity is another thing you don’t have to worry too much about when looking after a Ripple Peperomia. Mist the leaves or use a humidifier every once in a while to give it a little boost.

Only fertilise in spring and summer

We recommend fertilising your Ripple Peperomia once a month during the warmer growing months using a diluted water-soluble fertiliser. Hold off feeding during autumn and winter as your Ripple Peperomia will be dormant.

Propagate by stem cutting or division

The best ways to propagate a Ripple Peperomia is by dividing the offshoots into smaller plants or by taking a stem cutting. Place both in water and you should start to see new roots appear after a few weeks. We have never had success propagating from a single leaf so it is best to stick to these two methods. Propagate in spring for the best chance of growth.

Ripple Peperomia is safe for pets

Another reason why we love the Ripple Peperomia is that they are safe for pets so you don’t need to worry about any accidental nibbling.

Ripple Peperomia Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Ripple Peperomia.

Common Problems with your Ripple Peperomia

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.

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The most common cause of brown leaf tips or edges on Ripple Peperomia plants is underwatering. Check the soil to confirm as you don’t want to increase watering if it doesn’t need it. A rare cause is a lack of humidity in which case we recommend misting the plant and buying a humidifier.

Soft mushy leaves on a Ripple Peperomia is a sign of consistent overwatering. Check the soil immediately to see any damage to the root system and trim away the worst affected areas. Replace the potting mix if waterlogged so that the plant can start to recover and hold off watering as frequently in future.

Wilting stems and leaves on a Ripple Peperomia are caused by watering issues – either overwatering and underwater. It’s kind of strange that the opposite factors can have the same effect so it’s important you figure out which is the cause. Take your plant out of its pot carefully and check the moisture levels in the soil. You may find that the root system is mushy (overwatering) or dry/ crispy (underwatering).

If your Ripple Peperomia is losing a few of its older lowest leaves it may be due to natural ageing as it prioritises new bigger growth. However, if the rate of dropping is more than one or two every few months then it may be a sign there is something wrong.

The main causes are: low temperatures, overwatering, shock or a pest infestation.

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