Peperomia Obtusifolia (Baby Rubber Plant)

Learn how to care for the Peperomia Green (or Baby Rubber Plant)!

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Learn how to care for the Peperomia Green (or Baby Rubber Plant)!

The Peperomia Obtusifolia is a succulent-like variety of Peperomia, originally found in the rainforests of South America. Also known as the Baby Rubber Plant, it is actually unrelated to the Hevea Bransiliensis, the primary resource of natural rubber. The Peperomia Obtusifolia (or Peperomia Green) is characterized by its thick upright stems with glossy, oversized leaves. It stores water in its thick leaves, which shrivel in drought and plump when water is available. Leaves are typically dark green, but can also have white or yellow variegation that resembles marbling.

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General Care

 

Sunlight

Medium to bright indirect light but can tolerate low, indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun. 

Water

Water once or twice a week, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.

Humidity

Don’t sweat it. Average home humidity is fine; can tolerate dry air.

Temperature

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

Soil

Potting mix with good drainage. 

Size

Comes small and compact but can grow to approximately 1’.

Common Problems

Very resistant to disease and pests. Treat pests as soon as they appear with weekly sprays of horticultural (neem) oil and regular wipe-downs of the plant.

 

SYMPTOM: Dull, fading leaves

CAUSE: Too much direct sun

 

SYMPTOM: Wilting

CAUSE: Under watered

 

SYMPTOM: Wilting, plus leaf loss

CAUSE: Overwatered

 

SYMPTOM: Browning of leaf edges or tips

CAUSE: Cold drafts

Precautions

Not known to be toxic. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets. Check out pet friendly plants here!

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