Peperomia obtusifolia (Peperomia Green)

The Peperomia Obtusifolia Green is an easy-care plant that is sure to add texture and shape to your collection. As an evergreen it is characterized by its glossy cupped leaves and bushy habit. It has a thin and undeveloped root system perfect for any shallow pots you may be wanting to use. It also has succulent like leaves which retain water. This reduces the amount of watering required.

Native to South America, the Peperomia Obtusifolia grows in a high humidity environment and is an epiphyte species. Peperomias are very easy to grow indoors if they are given enough light and not overwatered. They do well with fluorescent light, making them an excellent plant for spots that don’t receive as much natural light.

Common Names: Peperomia obtusifolia, Baby Rubber Plant, Miniature Radiator Plant

Peperomia Obtusifolia Plant Care

Temperature

The Peperomia obtusifolia is an indoor pot plant and prefers warmer temperatures. It won’t like temperatures lower than 10°C.

Light

Likes bright indirect sun light. They are very happy under florescent lighting making it an excellent office plant.

Watering

Peperomia obtusifolia is an easy plant to water. Let the top part of the soil dry out entirely before thoroughly watering. It doesn’t like to be overwatered or sit too wet, so err on the side of caution when it comes to watering. The rubber like leaves store water which makes the Peperomia drought resistant.

Soil

Likes a peat-based soil that allows the water to drain well.

Fertilizer

Use a liquid fertilizer twice during spring. It will be fine the rest of the year.

Toxicity

Not toxic, safe to have around children and pets.

Maintenance

If the plant begins to look out of shape you can pinch any leggy stems to create a more compact and bushy plant.

Re-potting

The Peperomia obtusifolia has a small root system and does not need to be re-potted often.

Potential Problems

Leaf changes: Leaf drop will often be caused by a sudden change in temperature or overwatering. The latter you will be able to tell if the soil is very wet. Wilting leaves will most commonly occur when the plant hasn’t been watered enough. It can also be an indication of overwatering but you will be able to differentiate this if the soil is very wet.

Pest and Disease: The Peperomia obtusifolia doesn’t tend to have an issue with pests. However, overwatering can sometimes create fungal disease.