Peperomia plants grow best in bright indirect light provided by a west or east facing, window. They also do well under florescent lights. Insufficient light causes this slow growing plant to stop growing all together. Direct sunlight burns the leaves.
Allow the top 50% of the soil in a peperomia plant to dry out before watering. Over-watering, causing yellow leaves and soggy stems, is the main cause of serious peperomia problems. Root-rot, which causes the plant to die, is the direct result of over–watering. Peperomia plants do well when watered from the bottom. This technique keeps water off of the leaves and helps prevent plant diseases. The thick leaves of a peperomia hold water and allow it to withstand long periods without moisture.
Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. It’s not necessary to feed a peperomia in the fall and winter.
Warm temperatures between 60°-80°F (15.5°-26.7°C) are best. Temperatures below 50°-55°F (10°-12.8°C) and cold drafts from windows and doors damage the leaves.
Peperomia plants are from the rain forests of Brazil and like a humid environment.
Peperomia flowers are small and inconsequential, growing at the top of tall stalks; it’s the leaves of a Peperomia plant that are more interesting.