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Ripple Peperomia Care
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…
I prefer areas that aren't too bright or shady. Finding a balance is important.
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Detailed Ripple Peperomia Care Information
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 plants can produce flowers
You may notice that your Ripple Peperomia plants starts to grow white flowers at the end of long thin red spikes. These flowers are called inflorescences.
Ripple Peperomia plants tend to bloom in summer or early fall but it depends on the environment.
Ripple Peperomia plants do only flower once they mature a little though so don’t be surprised if your plant doesn’t flower for the first few years.
Ripple Peperomia FAQs
Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Ripple Peperomia.
Luckily the Ripple Peperomia is non-toxic and safe for pets and children.
Ripple Peperomias can adapt and thrive in a range of light levels from bright, indirect light to low light areas. The one thing you need to do, however, is keep your Ripple Peperomia away from direct sunlight as that can scorch and burn the leaves which is unfortunately irreversible.
Ripple Peperomia plants need their potting mix to dry out between waterings but will struggle with dry soil for long periods of time.
Ripple Peperomia plants are slow growers so don’t expect to see too many leaves popping up all the time. This does mean though that they are great for small spaces and you don’t need to repot too often.
During the warmer months of spring and 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.
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.
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 factors that can cause your Ripple Peperomia to lose leaves are: low temperatures, overwatering, shock or a pest infestation.
It’s important to get to the bottom of why your Ripple Peperomia is losing leaves, as if it’s losing them at a faster rate of new growth, soon you’ll be left with a plant with no leaves at all!
Overwatering is the most common reason why Ripple Peperomia plants develop yellow leaves. This can be either due to watering too much or too frequently, but can also be due to a lack of drainage that isn’t allowing the excess water to flow out of the pot.
Take your Ripple Peperomia out of its pot to inspect the root system and replace the soil if waterlogged. Don’t wait for it to naturally dry out as you risk more yellow leaves forming on your plant. You also want to make sure the drainage holes aren’t blocked by anything.
If you’re sure that watering is the cause, then too much or too little light, as well as a pest infestation might also be causing your Ripple Peperomia to develop yellow leaves.
The most common reason why Ripple Peperomia plants droop down is underwatering. This is often one of the earlier signs so you have probably caught the issue early which is great. Check the moisture in the potting mix to be sure and adjust your watering schedule moving forward to prevent your Ripple Peperomia from drooping.
Alongside underwatering, there are also a few other factors that can cause your Ripple Peperomia to droop including extreme temperatures, overwatering, shock and a pest infestation.
The most common factor that can lead to your Ripple Peperomia curling its leaves is underwatering. This allows your plant to minimise any moisture loss.
If your Ripple Peperomia isn’t being underwatered, then there are a few less common reasons why they curl their leaves such as heat stress, low humidity levels and pests.
Simple Ripple Peperomia Care Requirements
It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Peperomia caperata.
These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.
|Common Name||Ripple Peperomia|
|Latin Name||Peperomia caperata|
|Soil Type||Potting Soil|