Houseplants forum: Trying to choose between growing peperomias or birds nest sansevieria

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Name: Don
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DonfromPA
Sep 28, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Closing down my patio gardening for the year as temps getting close to frost and anxious to get something going for winter in the house. Want to try something new (for me) in the way of houseplants. Am leaning heavily towards Birds Nest Sans or variegated/multi-color peperomias - or possibly both. Have only bright windows for light. Prefer plants that are fairly easy to propagate. Would like to start with cuttings or pups. (I usually prefer starting with seeds - takes longer, but more satisfying for me.)

Any ideas welcome on which might be the better choice for me - and where best source for getting cuttings and/or pups. Actually I would like to try both of these - as like the looks of the birds nest sans as well as several peperomia types.

Have grown pothos and various kinds of philodendrum successfully - so hopefully the above-mentioned plants might work for me. Thanks in advance for your helpful advice.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Sep 28, 2016 11:25 AM CST
Sansevieria are wonderful low light plants. Birds nest type do not take up a lot of room. However, you do not get them from cutting or normally from seed. They grow slowly and do not put out pups very often. Not sure how much positive feedback you'll get. Peperomia never did much for me so I'll not comment further. I am a firm believer in that people should stick to plants that appeal to them. Look around for more choices. And, of course, many people here will give you some ideas. Gene
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madcratebuilder
Sep 28, 2016 2:10 PM CST
I agree

Sans are great low light plants. You can find hundreds on evil bay, generally you see a pic of the plant you are buying. I have about a half dozen that shipped to me bare root and they all look great within a week or so.
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Cinta
Sep 28, 2016 3:46 PM CST
I have lots and lots, and lots of experience with that pretty tri-color Peperomia. If you see it leave it where it is....Did I say I have lots of experience with this plant. Rolling on the floor laughing

I have purchased it more times than I like to admit. Beautiful all summer as soon as it comes in side it dies.

You will be better off with the Sans.

If you like/want to water a plant a lot, colorful and a plant that does not need a sunny window just normal indoor light this is a good plant.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Sep 29, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Ditto- buy a birds nest Sans, cute and easy.
for propagation, get a Peperomia obtusifolia (round fleshy green or green-and-white leaves) from a big box store. Easy grower, has done well for me in any light, eventually should get long enough stems that you can easily propagate (next spring?)
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gasrocks
Sep 29, 2016 2:27 PM CST
Why not a Philodendron? Grows in low light, gives you feedback, you can take cuttings. Many varieties to chose from. Gene
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Stush2019
Sep 29, 2016 2:37 PM CST
Sans are my favorite but very fussy if not experienced with them. Change the soil they come in to a more gritty mix so water is not an issue. Keep from drafts and cold. Start with the all green types and progress up to the variegated ones. Best start is at the big box stores. Haworthias are also a nice start. Small and as long as you don't over water them, very tuff plants.
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purpleinopp
Sep 30, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Another recent discussion about plants for less light:
http://garden.org/thread/go/56007/
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Name: Don
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DonfromPA
Oct 5, 2016 5:35 AM CST
Guess what, sans enthusiasts! Visited my local CVS pharmacy yesterday to pick up a couple of prescriptions and, as always, visited the counter where there was usually a few cacti or succulents for sale. Lo and behold there were three birds nest sansevieria for sale. All three of them appeared to be very healthy in appearance. Like a dolt I didn't buy one - but today I am going back to CVS to get one - sure hope they're not all gone. Will let you know later how I make out. I was quite surprised about the unfavorable comments on peperomias - looking at them I thought they might be fairly easy to raise, but apparently looks can sometmes be deceiving. Still hoping to hear from other peperomia growers for their comments.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 5, 2016 5:51 AM CST
Fingers crossed you get that birds nest sans- Fate threw it at you!

Here's the Peperomia I like
Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
Green, or green and white, are common, here anyway, and very easy. Tyr the big box grenhouse plants, or Keep an eye out at CVS, lol
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Stush2019
Oct 5, 2016 3:03 PM CST
Loved this plant. Was gifted and just died for me. Very colorful. Would love to get another try at this plant.
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Name: Don
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DonfromPA
Oct 5, 2016 6:57 PM CST
Sally - your peperomia obtusifolia is really nice but I'm getting a little confused. When I google peperomia obtusifolia and view the numerous images , it's difficult to believe they're all the same plant. Don't want to take a chance on ordering one on -line and find upon receipt that it is not what I had anticipated. Perhaps better for me to watch my few local houseplant sources - Home Depot, Walmart, K-Mart and a couple large grocery store chains with houseplant offerings - to make sure I'm getting what I want. Any suggestions? I do like plants that are fairly easy to propagate.

Carebear - Also like your peperomia graveolens - really colorful! But it might require more light than I would be able to provide. What do you think?

Guess I'll have to keep my eyes wide open and check a few other sources when I go to Erie - about 40 miles away.
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Name: Don
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DonfromPA
Oct 5, 2016 8:04 PM CST
Has anyone purchased peperomias from New England Herpetoculture in Meriden, CT? I see they offer several and their prices appear to be very reasonable. Not sure about their handling/shipping fees though. Don't see this company listed in Green Pages - so wondering if they're reliable.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 6, 2016 6:46 AM CST
As they focus on herps and have so much of that, I think it just hasn't been one that plant people here shop from. I took a quick look. They look legit and seem to know what they're talking about: they identify plants by species and even admit that one is NoID (no identification at species level) which is honest.. obtusifolia (and some others) is such a sturdy little plant, it would be hard to damage or kill with bad shipping.
http://www.neherpetoculture.com/peperomia
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purpleinopp
Oct 6, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Using the images in a google search for ID purposes can be confusing because pics on pinterest, flickr, photobucket, blogs may or may not be correctly labeled. Consider the source of each pic, or start with plant databases, like the one here.
Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia 'Variegata')

There are around 1,000 species of Peperomia.
A recent discussion about diff ones people have:
http://garden.org/thread/go/57074/
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Cinta
Oct 6, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Stush2019 said:Loved this plant. Was gifted and just died for me. Very colorful. Would love to get another try at this plant.
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Stush I just purchased that one at Lowes this summer and the animals ate most of it. It is one that is seldom seen. I killed it years ago and thought maybe I was experienced enough to give it another try.

As purple said Check out this post.
The thread "Peperomia pizazz." in Houseplants forum
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Stush2019
Oct 6, 2016 12:04 PM CST
Cinta, I tried my best to keep that plant. Just rotted and died on me. Didn't really know what I did wrong. Person who gave it to me, said it grows like weeds around her house in Calf. I hate to ask but I might ask her for another try at this but I will wait till spring time. Hope you have better luck than me with this plant. Keep us informed.
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