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How to care for a Peperomia 

Rosso in water

Peperomia's are a family of popular houseplants that are often characterized by their round or oval leaves and interesting colorization. They tend to be a fairly easy plant to care for, though a bit dramatic when in need of water. 


The rosso is a compact plant that grows in more of a puff/ball shape. It has beautiful dark green leaves with red on the bottom side. They can sprout greenish-white flowers, they are very small and grow at the end of 2-3" long reddish spikes.


One of the best things about peperomia's are that they tend to do well in low light and are pet safe!

About the Peperomia Rosso

origin

Rainforests of South America

plant family

Peperomia

Other common names

The Peperomia Rosso is also known as the Emerald Ripper Pepper (how awesome:), the radiator plant and Peperomia Eden Rosso.


other varieties of peperomia

Peperomia come in over 1,000 varieties, the most common household varieties include the pilea, metallic (rosso), jayde (polybotrya), watermelon (argyreia), and string or turtles, hearts, and many others. 


Toxicity

Peperomia are safe for pets and animals! 

growing your Marbled Peperomia in water


replacing water

For healthy plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.


Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if available. 

Nutrients

We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your peperomia's water every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming. 

Lighting

Peperomias do well in medium or low  indirect light! They prefer areas in the home that do not have

Temperature

For peperomia's, the ideal temperature range is 65-78 degrees Fahrenheit. A general rule of thumb for many tropical houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!

HUmidity

Peperomia's prefer moderate to high humidity, but can do well in most home settings regardless of humidity level. We recommend that you spritz them with water every now and again to give it a bit of humidity. 

Leaf care & pruning

  • Cleaning the leaves will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis, simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down
  • Yellowing or brown leaves can be removed at the base of the plant, immediately above the node using a sharp, sterile knife. It is recommended to leave 1 to 2 leaves though a single node will often shoot off new leaves on its own.

Propagation Tips


Peperomia's easily propagate in water through most of the year. To do so, take a cutting with one or more leaves and a node or two. Submerge the node in a cup with filtered water and find a bright, warm space with indirect light for the plant. Roots generally form in 2 to 3 weeks. 

Common issues & care info


Leaf burn

Identification: Brown holes in the leaves, browning tips that are crispy to the touch

Cause: Overexposure to sunlight

How to treat:Simply move your plant away from any direct sunlight or places with too much sunlight. Try placing your philodendron in a nearby area with less light exposure or somewhere where it won't have any contact with the sun. You can remove any brown tips if you like, but it's not necessary to your plant's recovery.


Loss of Color variegation

Identification: Color patterns in the leaves are fading, leaves becoming a solid green color

Cause: When your peperomia is creating solid green leaves, this means that your plant is not receiving enough bright indirect light.

How to treat: Move your plant to an area where it would be exposed to more bright indirect light and wait for the leaves to recover their color. For newer leaves, they will gain their markings as they age.


Leaves Begins to Curl or Droop

Identification: Leaves are curling at the ends or dropping, leaves also may turn yellow or brown 

Cause: There are multiple causes for this issue. One, the air in your environment is too dry. Two, your plant is not receiving enough oxygen from the water. And three, your plant is experiencing extremely cold temperatures.

How to treat: To fix this issue, move your plant away from any AC vents, heaters, or open windows. Also, mist regularly if your environment is usually very dry. If the cause is a lack of oxygen, simply replace the water for the plant and then continue on a 2 week to monthly water replacement schedule. 


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