Peperomia Plants

Learn how to care for most varieties of Peperomia!

Peperomia Plants

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Learn how to care for most varieties of Peperomia!

The Peperomia genus has over 1,000 species, but only a dozen or so are suitable as houseplants. They’re diverse in appearance, some with heart or lance shaped leaves, others almond or oval shaped. Their leaves can be solid green, marbled or striped — even gray or red. Native to tropical areas like southern Florida, South and Central America, they can be found on the forest floor, making them suitable for lower light conditions. 

General Care



Thrives in medium to bright indirect light, but can tolerate low indirect light.


Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.


Will tolerate dry air but prefers high humidity.


Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Peperomia is comfortable.


Remains relatively small and compact, growing to an approximate height of 8”-12”.

Common Problems

Very resistant to disease and pests.

SYMPTOM: Wilting plant, dry potting mix

CAUSE: Underwatered 

SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves, black stems

CAUSE: Overwatered


Most Peperomias are pet friendly. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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