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Steven
Aug 29, 2011 8:52 PM CST
I just bought a Watermelon Peperomia and a varigated Peperomia obtusifolia, its been ages since I've had one but I really do enjoy them. Is anyone else here growing any Peperomias? What do you find works for you?
Name: Christine
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Christine
Aug 30, 2011 6:40 AM CST
I am growing 2 varieties and I love them, I am very careful with my watering, I keep them slightly moist but never wet and they get bright light never direct sun. Thats what works for me Smiling
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Steven
Aug 31, 2011 5:15 PM CST
I have the variegated one int he window now so maybe I'll move it back a bit so the light isn't direct. Do they make the flowers for you in the indirect light?
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Christine
Aug 31, 2011 5:25 PM CST
Steven, I havent gotten flowers yet, maybe someone will advise us both what we can do to produce flowers Thumbs up
This is the variety I have
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Aug 31, 2011 9:48 PM CST
I've killed everyone I've ever purchased. Have no clue what I do wrong with them. They are indeed beautiful plants.

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Sep 1, 2011 5:18 AM CST

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yup....same here...they hate me.

I've read that they like it humid, and prefer to be watered from below.
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Steven
Sep 1, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Those look really healthy Christine! The variegated one on the left is the same as the one I have and I got the watermaelon one too Big Grin Hopefully they grow well!
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Christine
Sep 2, 2011 6:11 AM CST
Thanks Steven, I got them both as clippings from 2 different friends and as I took a good look at them I realized how dusty they are Rolling on the floor laughing over the weekend I will be cleaning all my house plants!!!!
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Steven
Sep 2, 2011 11:16 AM CST
Its amazing how dirty those larger leaved houseplants can get! I had to wash mine off as well when I brought them home and just washed off the stephanotis this morning....the dust really collects fast!
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sweets2005
Jun 10, 2012 9:45 AM CST
Christine said:Steven, I havent gotten flowers yet, maybe someone will advise us both what we can do to produce flowers Thumbs up
This is the variety I have
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I have the darker green one on the right and it has taken a ton of abuse and is still going strong! In fact, it grows so much, I have taken cuttings and started over with it so many times, lol! Big Grin
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purpleinopp
Dec 2, 2013 10:06 AM CST
This discussion has been languishing for a while, but seems like a perfect spot for some pics instead of starting a new one. Hope nobody minds. I just realized I have 5 Peperomias. They are wildly different!
This caperata is in mini garden:


P. verticillata cutting:
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P. clusifolia 'Jellie':
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P. dolabriformis:


P. rotundifolia:


I didn't realize until recently how huge this genus is and actually thought I had 4 until "my list" reminded me about the last one. How are the Peps doing mentioned above?
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Stush2019
Dec 7, 2013 5:43 PM CST
I have two myself. Actualy they belong to my wife. Both nicely colored and doing well. I have killed them before with too much water. Now I back off and water only once in a great while. So far so good. Have them for 9 months. If I make it past winter, then I can have some bragging rights.
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purpleinopp
Mar 16, 2014 8:53 AM CST
This plant is one that has a lucky spot right in a windowsill. It's grown a lot over the winter.
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The purple P. caperata I pictured above is/was outside in a mini garden. I *think* it's still alive, but not totally sure. It may just be a slow-die'er.

How are those Peps doing out there?
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Leda
Mar 18, 2014 6:31 PM CST
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Is this in the right family? If it is then I grow them very similar to Christine.

I am not great with knowing what is what, I just do what feels right. It didn't seem to like it when I took the very top leaf bud off, it took it awhile to spread. Mine has never bloomed in the year or so I have had it.

Good luck, Stephen,
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purpleinopp
Mar 21, 2014 7:46 AM CST
Leda, definitely a Peperomia. Looks like my P. clusiifolia. It might get redder/pinker edges if more light is possible for it this summer. Looks robust though, nice!! Mine bloomed right after I brought it inside for winter. More sun might help your plant with that, though the blooms aren't exciting to anyone except a real plant geek, as folks yakking here tend to be. You've probably seen pics and already know that... But most plant people like the fact that their plant is healthy/happy enough to bloom, even if the bloom just looks like a soft stick. Giving it a prune may have caused it to not be ready yet, but you DO have a ton of pretty leaves. Looks like doing that was a good idea..
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SongofJoy
Mar 21, 2014 8:16 AM CST
I agree. I had the same plant. Lovely.
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Leda
Mar 21, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Thank you, Tiffany. I am going to have to look up the flower. Now I am curious! Smiling
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Christine
Mar 29, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Leda, you have a beautiful pep, Smiling

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Leda
Mar 29, 2014 9:07 AM CST
Thank You!

Plantomaniac08
Apr 13, 2014 6:28 AM CST
I think I am a bit late to add to this conversation, but I wanted to add some information from personal experience with growing a P. caperata (I doubt the care of other species is much different).

They don't grow a vast root system like a number of houseplants, so potting in a larger pot is rarely necessary.

They enjoy bright, indirect sun, but I believe morning sun is okay (especially for the variegated varieties, if they don't receive enough light, they will lose their variegation over time). Mine does receive a little bit of midday sun from a South window, but during the summer, I wouldn't advise that at all (especially in my zone... I'm in zone 8). I read on another forum of a lady who grew hers in a West window year-round (but I believe she is from zone 5?). I know West would be too harsh for them in my zone.

With respects to watering, they don't like to "stay moist," but prefer to dry out a bit between waterings (not completely, but don't try to keep the soil moist at all times either.. somewhere in the middle if that makes sense).

I picked up a Peperomia the other day that was grown by Exotic Angel. I have had the hardest time finding the exact "species" online, as none of EA's plants match, haha. I think it's P. pecuniifolia (even then, I only found but a couple pictures online when I typed this in). Cute little plant.

If you're ever interested in looking at an adorable Peperomia, check out P. polybotrya (I believe that the species).

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