You love having greenery around you in the house, but you don’t know where to start or which plant to choose? Well, to answer your questions you must decide which type of plant you’d like to have around and experiment with. We recommend you try your gardening skills on easy to grow and maintain plants so that you gain some experience at first before you move on to more complicated growing and caring processes.
One great way to start is by growing peperomia plants. They are so easy to deal with, beginner-friendly, and so beautiful that will turn your house into the garden of Eden.
It’s good to know that peperomia plants are succulents, which means that they store water and nutrients into their robust leaves in order to survive droughts or arid grounds. This feature makes them the perfect plant to multiplicate.
Important elements for a peperomia
If you are a beginner, you must know about the important elements that your peperomia plant needs in order to grow beautifully and propagate like magic.
Keep in mind the following specifications with regards to light, soil, environment, active growing times, and so on:
1. How much light?
If you expose your plant to medium or bright sunlight, its thriving is guaranteed! Make sure it gets some morning sunshine, and about half a day worth of artificial light.
2. Ground composition
It’s important to keep in mind that, in the wild, peperomia sets its roots into partially moist and acidic places like the decomposing bark of a tree or decaying moss, so you must try and replicate the ideal soil for it to thrive.
Alternatively, you could use regular soil from the store mixed with some sort of compost that improves aeration and moisture retention like vermiculite.
3. How much water?
Because peperomias are built to resist droughts and aridity, they don’t like being soaked in water. To maintain them healthy don’t do frequent watering and make certain you let the soil dry in between to avoid root rotting or development of fungus.
4. When do they thrive?
When spring and summer are around, your peperomia is the happiest! (green) As they are tropical plants, they can’t tolerate cold environments. That’s why you have to make sure you expose them to proper heat, especially during summertime when the growing cycle is the most active. We recommend you take it out on your balcony or porch and keep it there the whole summer to ensure its thriving.
How to propagate your plant
Now that you grew one peperomia plant the right way, with the right amount of water, light, and soil composition, you can go ahead and start to propagate it so that you can have multiple beautiful plants around the house. Don’t forget to keep the same particularities in mind while growing your other sprouts.
Before you start taking parts from your plant and putting them into other pots, your peperomia must be healthy and rich in foliage. Also, if you cut too much from it, it can easily get damaged. The best, easiest method is leaf cutting.
1. Take a small pot and fill it with moist and acidic earth.
2. Cut a few leaves off with special scissors, making certain you do it at the point of intersection with the stem.
3. Immediately place the leaves in the ground deep enough so that they are upright.
4. Keep the new potted leaves into a humid environment.
To do so you may want to cover them with a plastic cover to maintain moisture. It’s important to not suffocate your plant, so punch a few holes in as well and remove the cover every few days to air your sprouts out and keep them from rotting.
5. Place your pots out of direct sunlight to protect the leaves from burning as well as at room temperature. Wait for about 2-3 weeks and you’ll have new peperomia roots to plant in bigger pots.
Did we mention that peperomias are super easy to grow and deal with?
Here is another reason: you can just propagate them in the water! Yeah, that’s right. You won’t need to pay attention to soil, temperature, too much or too little watering, and so on.
Simply cut the leaves as mentioned above and place them in a container filled with water. They will grow beautifully in about a month, and you can transfer them to the soil when they’re big and ready for more nutrients.
Peperomia plants are perfect for anybody, including plant newbies, due to their extensive varieties, colors, and shapes as well as the uncomplicated growth and propagation process.
There are hundreds of species with spectacular colors and textures between them, and now that you know what your peperomia desires to grow and be healthy, you can develop your personal tropical garden right in your beautiful home. Try it out!