How to care for: Peperomia
The Peperomia is native to the Amazonian region of South America. They have over 1000 species, and because they are not demanding they can survive in most conditions. Peperomia plants are low-maintenance and drought-tolerant. The leaves are quite thick, and they can store up a lot of water.
Water every 2 weeks
How do you take care of a Peperomia?
The Peperomia likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. It is best to place the plant in medium indirect light. The Peperomia prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. Direct sunlight should be avoided, since this light can scorch the foliage. When the Peperomia gets too little light it leaves will start to drop.
Peperomia plants prefer a balanced level of moisture, not too wet nor too dry. Therefore, the best way to check if your plant needs water is to check the top centimeters of the soil. If it's dry, then you can water the plant. From spring to summer you can add some water every 7-9 days. From autumn to winter every 2 weeks is enough.
You can provide extra nutrients by means of plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once every month in the growing season. From spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the winter, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Peperomia!
Repotting the Peperomia isn't necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Peperomia every 2 years. This gives the plant new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.
Peperomia are air-purifying plants. They remove toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde.
Is the Peperomia toxic?
They're non toxic for humans and pets, making them the perfect choice as an indoor plant.
Diseases and peculiarities
In addition to being non-toxic, the Peperomia does not suffer from any diseases too. Although pests can occur on all types of plants. It is therefore good to check the plant regularly. In case of vermin, you can always use a pesticide.