Having an indoor houseplant does not have to be a huge time or effort commitment. With so many varieties of plants that require very little maintenance, plants that work well inside can be beautiful additions to the ambiance of our homes. Once you find a few plants that work well within your home and you like the way they look, why not propagate more? A perfect plant to start with is the peperomia, a compact and easy to grow houseplant that you will love.
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All About Peperomia
With over 1,000 different varieties, the peperomia family of plants is an appealing tropical plant choice that often grown specifically for its ornamental leaves. These compact plants are also characterized by their ability to grow easily indoors and their small size, and some even have unique flowers as well. Their name derives from the pepper-like appearance of the seed once it has dried out. However, with such an assortment of characteristics within this family of plants, nailing down a specific look for a peperomia is not easy. Instead, let’s look at a few of the more commonly seen peperomias.
You will love the heart-shaped leaves of this variety. They trail seductively over the sides of their pot and look stunning as a hanging plant since their stems and leaves grow very full. This one is susceptible to root rot, so be careful not to overwater.
True to its name, this variety has drop (or heart) shaped leaves that are shiny and rich green in color. This variety loves bright light and grows to be the typical height for a peperomia, which is about 12 inches tall.
With dramatic red petioles, or leaf stems, this darling plant completes the namesake watermelon color trio with green and silver variegated, heart shaped leaves. Viewed from above, the leaves really do take on the look of a tiny watermelon. Unique and beautiful, the Watermelon variety is very hardy and a perennial favorite peperomia.
One of the most unusual varieties is the bronze-purple leaved Colombian. Gorgeous as a hanging plant, this stunner also sports silvery stripes on the dark leaves, creating an unforgettable look. Easy to grow, the Colombian is a very popular indoor plant.
Baby Rubber Plant
This variety grows vertically, giving it a very different look than most of the peperomias. Broad, cupped, leathery green leaves are found on most varieties, but the Baby Rubber Plant can also show with lighter leaves with almost a golden hue. At only 10 inches tall, this diminutive plant is another popular indoor variety.
This impressive variety has memorable leaves with deep grooves, highlighting the veining on the wide leaf shape. Another popular variety is the Red Ripple that presents with a reddish hue to the similarly veined leaf. The Ripples grow in a mound rather than trailing or upright, making them gorgeous container plants.
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Propagating Your Peperomia
Now that you have chosen the perfect peperomia, and it is happy and content in its home, the next step is to make more plants to love! Let’s talk about how to propagate your plant so that you can have more of these easy to care for plants in your home or to share.
Propagation by Cuttings
This is the easiest and most successful method of propagation, or simply the process of creating new plants. Let’s walk through the simple, almost fool-proof steps to propagate your peperomia.
Propagation by Dividing
This method of creating a new plant is even easier than propagation by cuttings, but it is a little less successful. This method is preferable to use, however, when you have a peperomia plant that has outgrown its container and needs some room. Use the dividing method instead of just simply repotting your plant to a bigger container to create a whole new plant to keep or gift to others. Here are the simple steps for dividing a peperomia.
Enjoying your Peperomia
Wonderful houseplants, peperomias are easy to care for and look striking in their small containers almost anywhere you put them. With a small amount of effort, just about anyone can propagate even more of these attractive growers to enjoy as well.