Houseplants forum: Peperomia

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krystenr1
Sep 5, 2017 6:05 AM CST
I have this small baby rubber plant that I've had for at least a year, I think. It spent most of its early life about ten feet from an east-facing window, getting nice indirect bright light. When I moved into my house in late June of this year, I placed it in my new kitchen, about 8 feet from east-facing window and 15 feet from a north-facing window, giving it about the same amount of very bright indirect light as it previously had. I water it as though it were a succulent, meaning once a month I fill up my sink with water and set the pot in the water and let it soak for about 30 minutes. It dries out pretty quickly. It continues to look healthy, but I haven't seen much new growth on it and I'm envious of people who own this plant who see incredible growth over short periods. The only time I repotted it is when I brought it home from the store and I took it out of its plastic pot in favor of this terra cotta one. I've included some pictures of when I first got it and what it looks like now. Any suggestions for how I can stimulate more growth? Or do I just need to be patient? Thanks!

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WillC
Sep 5, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Optimum light is the key factor in plant growth rate. Peperomias do just fine very close to a north or east window, so I suggest you move yours closer to one or the other.

Peperomias are not true succulents. It is best to water yours as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. Given the size of the pot and with improved light, I would estimate that to be about once per week or more.

Take a look at the roots. If you see most of the outside of the rootball surrounded by a network of roots, then it may be time to move it up one pot size, especially if you improve the light.
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purpleinopp
Sep 8, 2017 3:14 PM CST
As a classification, succulent depends on what demands are made based on whatever assumptions one attaches to it.

As a plant that propagates more successfully if a cut stem dries overnight before being stuck back into a pot, as one with foliage that does not wilt while this drying happens, and can be mailed by wrapping cut stems in newspaper without any regard for trying to supply moisture, the classification works well.

If you are looking for a plant that can survive for extended periods with truly dry soil, and/or one that uses moisture slowly, the classification might lead to disappointment with Peps.
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WillC
Sep 8, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Succulent is not a precise horticultural term and is used differently by people. However, the most common understanding of the term is that it refers to fleshy leafed and fleshy stemmed plants that are able to store water because these plants originate in arid requions where water may be in short supply.

A Peperomia has fleshy leaves, but it does not tolerate drought as well as most other commonly called succulents. I might rather call is a semi-succulent, meaning it does need to dry out some, but not as much as true succulent. In addition, it does not require as porous a potting mix as true succulents.
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krystenr1
Sep 8, 2017 9:42 PM CST
Thanks everyone! I'll water a bit more than I have been, and I've moved it to closer to the light (right in front of the east-facing window instead of the 8 feet from the window it previously was.
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purpleinopp
Oct 29, 2017 9:05 AM CST
How is your sweet plant doing?
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krystenr1
Nov 14, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Plant is doing great! It loved its new location so much, and I repotted it into a bigger pot and it bloomed recently! I couldn't be happier. Here is a picture of it today.


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purpleinopp
Nov 14, 2017 3:05 PM CST
That's so great, picture perfect!!
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purpleinopp
May 4, 2018 1:34 PM CST
A couple of the spots/pots where I have P. prostrata / rotundifolia.
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A couple blooms here.
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krystenr1
May 5, 2018 9:13 AM CST
Omg so tiny and cute! I love it.

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