Peperomia Graveolens

Peperomia Graveolens – Everything You Need to Know

Peperomia graveolens is also known as Glow Peperomia or Ruby Peperomia. It is a perennial succulent that is easy to please. Once you can provide the right growing conditions for this succulent, you barely need to maintain it routinely. This makes Glow Peperomia perfect for offices. You can keep the succulent pot on a desk or shelf, and you do not have to worry about leaves dropping and creating a mess like most houseplants.

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Peperomia Graveolens @Amazon

Besides the ornamental foliage of Peperomia graveolens, the tiny, yellowish-white flowers that grow on long racemes are a sight to behold.

In this post, you’ll get to know about the best practices when it comes to caring for and propagating Peperomia graveolens.

Description

Glow Peperomia is native to the southwestern parts of Ecuador like Azuay, El Oro, and Loja. Just until recently, Glow Peperomia was pretty expensive and scarce for many succulent collectors to find. But thanks to recent developments on plant tissues, Glow Peperomia is now mass-produced and well distributed across the globe.

Peperomia graveolens has fleshy foliage and a hollow canoe shape. The thick, waxy stems of Glow Peperomia are bright and sturdy, so they can resist drought and harsh weather conditions.

Glow Peperomia grows like a shrub in that new branches emerge from the main stem. If nurtured properly, this succulent can grow as high as 20cm and as wide as 15cm.

The flowers of the Peperomia graveolens appear during the spring months, and they have thin spikes, which makes them quite different from the flowers of most succulents. Also, the flowers shoot out from the middle of the branches and have a weird smell like that of urine.

Tips for Caring for Peperomia Graveolens

The following tips will help you to care for your Peperomia graveolens succulents:

Soil and Transplanting

If you are planting your Peperomia graveolens during the summer, ensure that the soil is moist. Also, ensure that the soil is well-draining so your succulents do not become waterlogged and the roots damaged. You can add peat moss to the soil to improve its drainage capacity.

For your Peperomia graveolens to be rich in nutrients, you need to add organic compost as topdressing to the soil.

The best potting mix for Glow Peperomia is a combination of perlite and coarse sand in a 1:1 ratio.

If you want to repot your Glow Peperomia, it is best to do it during the spring when the plant is actively growing. Do not forget to change the old potting mix with a revitalized one.

Temperature, Light, and Humidity

Since Peperomia graveolens originates from Ecuador, you should grow it in a warmer environment. The succulent will not survive under a temperature that is below 12 degrees Celsius.

Even if the soil dries out quickly, you should keep the succulent in a place where it can receive an ample amount of sunlight. If you are growing your Peperomia graveolens indoors, the best location to keep the pot is close to an east-facing window. If the indoor light is not enough to grow your Glow Peperomia, consider getting a grow light.

Watering and Feeding

Have a rigid watering schedule for your Peperomia graveolens, and ensure the top layer of the soil is dry before resuming watering. Cut back on your watering rate during the winter because the succulent is dormant during this period.

If you notice a waxy coating on the leaves of your Peperomia graveolens that is a sign of overwatering. But note that light shedding of the bottom leaves is normal for this succulent. But if the leaf dropping is intense, you should consider applying fertilizers or adjusting the temperature conditions to a more favorable level.

Also, your Peperomia graveolens succulents may experience intense leaf shedding if the pot they are placed in does not have adequate drainage to facilitate drying.

A great quality of Glow Peperomia is its ability to withstand high and low humidity levels, even though it is endemic to tropical areas.

When it comes to feeding your Peperomia graveolens, using just about any fertilizer will not suffice. You have to use a succulent fertilizer with the label “8-8-8, or 10-10-10 formula”. Also, apply only half the recommended quantity, so your succulent does not grow out of proportion.

Grooming

When the Peperomia graveolens is actively growing, you may have to prune it regularly to stay in shape.

The leaves and foliage of the Glow Peperomia plant grow in varying shapes and sizes, which may not exactly be attractive. Some of the leaves appear to be pale, while others are fleshy, depending on their color shade.

If you are trimming the succulent, it is best to begin with the bottom leaves since they are quite fragile compared to the top part of the plant.

How to Propagate Peperomia Graveolens

The easiest way to propagate Peperomia graveolens is from stem cuttings. To use this propagation technique, cut several stems with flowers. The stems should be mature and about 4 inches long.

Keep the cuttings in a dry and warm place for about a week or two so that the cuts can heal. When the cuts are healed, plant the cuttings in a potting mix of perlite and peat moss in a 1:1 ratio.

You can dip the bottom of the cuttings in a rooting hormone to fast the growth process. Water the cuttings when the soil is dry and keep them away from direct sunlight.

You can also propagate your Peperomia graveolens from leaf cuttings. This propagation technique requires a whole, fleshy leaf. Hold your desired leaf with your thumb and forefinger, and wiggle it back and forth until it detaches from the parent plant.

Allow the leaf-cutting to dry for a few days before dipping it into a rooting hormone. After that, place the leaf on the soil.

Do not water the cuttings until tiny roots begin to appear. The roots should spring up in three or four times weeks under the right weather conditions. Wait the soil to dry out before continuing your watering schedule.

Finally, replant the new Peperomia graveolens once the roots appear.

Common Problems with Peperomia Graveolens

The most common problem you will have to grapple with is the adverse effects of overwatering and under-watering. If you overwater this succulent, the root will start to rot and the plant may eventually die if nothing is done quickly.

On the other hand, if the leaves of the Peperomia graveolens are looking pale or dry, it means the plant is suffering from under-watering. You need to increase your watering frequency, otherwise, the plant may die from dehydration.

If the leaves of your Glow Peperomia are covered with dark spots, you should look out for pests such as spider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs.

Dip a cotton ball in alcohol. Rub it on the affected areas every day for about two weeks to heal the leaves. You can also get a specially formulated insecticide to get rid of these insects.

Peperomia Ferreyrae – Everything You Need To Know About Care, Propagation Method & More

Family Piperaceae
GenusPeperomia
SpeciesFerreyrae
Other NamesHappy bean, Pincushion peperomia
Sunlight Bright light, little or no direct sun
Temperature 18°C to 24°C (recommended) Low to medium humidity        
Growth SeasonSpring/Summer
Climate Warm sub-tropical or tropical  
PropagationEasily propagated from cuttings
Height30cm when fully mature
Width20cm to 25cm (mature)
Water Minimum water use. 
OthersNon-toxic to cats and dogs They are usually used for ornamental purposes or in the wild for ground cover.

The lovely Peperomia Ferreyrae is a small plant that you can find in most tropical forests. This particular succulent grows to a maximum height of 30cm and is typically referred to as a “forest floor dweller.” But, as small as it is, this plant is eye-catching, making it difficult to overlook.

The Peperomia Ferreyrae is native to Peru and does well in between 1500 to about 2020 meters above sea level.

Peperomia Ferreyrae is small in size. Because it stays compact, it is the perfect succulent to place on your desk, bookshelf, windowsill, or any other decorative space in your house or office.

If you’re new to house plants, the Peperomia Ferreyrae is a great plant to start with as it requires very little taking care of yet will remain looking beautiful and healthy for a long time.

The P. Ferreyrae,  also known as the happy bean succulent, makes a unique, wonderful, and thoughtful gift for your family and friends.

DID YOU KNOW?

Technically, the Peperomia Ferreyrae is a semi-succulent. No need to worry, though, as its care is similar to that of any other succulent.

LEAVES AND FLOWERS

Green, bean-like leaves are what make the Peperomia Ferreyrae plant stand out. The leaves are erect, and their lime green color gives the plant a fresh look. The leaves on the P. Ferreyrae can grow as long as 7.5cm, and each one has a darker green line running down the middle of it.

The Peperomia Ferreyrae does not need any flowers to bring out its beauty, and all its beauty comes from its happy-looking lime and dark green leaves.

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Peperomia ferreyrae leaves @Pinterest

HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR THE PEPEROMIA FERREYRAE

LIGHT

Pincushion peperomia is highly adaptable to partial sunlight. This succulent will surprise you as it thrives in low-light conditions.

Peperomia Ferreyrae does not like intense, direct sunlight, especially if exposed over a long period. During hot summer months, we recommend moving the plant to a shaded area during the hot midday sun.

Any location that allows for indirect light/partial sunlight and a supply of free-flowing air gives the Peperomia Ferreyrae an ideal environment for healthy growth.

If your house or verandah has limited exposure to light, the Peperomia Ferreyrae should be your plant of choice.

TEMPERATURE

The Peperomia Ferreyrae plant thrives in regions that have temperatures that range between 18°C and 24°C. They welcome low to medium humidity, and should you notice the air becoming dry, introduce some moisture, usually through misting.

WATER

This plant is susceptible to over-watering, so one should go easy on the water. The best way to find out when to water is to look at the soil. If it is damp, the plant does not require any additional water. Only water the plant if the ground appears dry.

To ensure the plant has adequate water requires a little delicate balancing: too much water leads to root rot while too little impedes growth.

SOIL

The best soil for the Peperomia Ferreyrae plant is one that has good drainage properties. Peat moss and cactus soil mix are perfect for this succulent.

Just like most of its succulent peers, Peperomia Ferreyrae does not appreciate soggy soil or sitting in stagnant water for extended periods.

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home: How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home.

PROPAGATION

Propagation through the use of cuttings is the recommended method and the one that will be most successful. This should be done during the spring or summer season when the plant is in its growth stage. When you get your cuttings from the leaves, we recommend that you leave them for a day to allow the wound to heal.

After giving your succulent cuttings enough time to heal, you can proceed in one of 2 ways.

  1. Plant it in the soil immediately. This method is more hands-off as the only care needed is regular watering when the ground looks dry.
  2. Place the cutting in a glass container with water. This exciting method allows you to watch as the roots grow. When the roots get to about 4cm, the plant is ready to be placed in the soil.

Whatever option you choose, keep your cutting in a warm environment of about 20°C, and expose it to direct light to enhance growth.

FERTILIZATION

The Peperomia Ferreyrae does very well without the use of fertilizer. Yet, if you are averse to taking risks, you can give your plant a light spray of diluted liquid fertilizer once every two weeks during the springtime. During the summer, fertilizing once a month is adequate. After summer, there will be no need for further fertilizing until the following year, during the spring season.

REPOTTING

The roots of the Peperomia Ferreyrae are small and are not likely to overgrow the pot in a hurry. When the time comes for repotting, use a pot just a few sizes bigger than the current one.

We recommend a yearly soil change to keep the plant growing healthy, perky, and green.

PESTS & DISEASES

The Peperomia Ferreyrae is one of the few plants that can be said to be more or less problem-free.

The three main things you need to keep an eye out for are:

  • Mealybugs

If you notice some white cottony deposits on the succulent stem or the underside of the leaves, this more often than not indicates the presence of mealy bugs.

  • Root-rot

The dreaded root rot is a result of overwatering your P. Ferreyra.

Succulents are easily susceptible to root-rot, and scab-like swellings on the leaves or black mushy stems are a sure manifestation of this often fatal disease.

Remember that succulents, in general, are a pretty hardy plant and can survive weeks without any water.

  • Extreme temperature change

A few falling leaves shouldn’t be a cause to worry- all plants shed a few leaves now and then. However, if the problem persists and your succulent is losing a considerable number of leaves, the culprit is most likely sudden and extreme drops in temperature. If this is the case, we recommend you move your plant indoors to a warmer location.

If you have these three issues under control, you can leave the plant without worry and let nature do its thing.

TOXICITY

The Peperomia Ferreyrae is a toxic-free plant, allowing you to enjoy its green beauty without the fear of developing rashes or itchiness. A perfect succulent to grow indoors, it is safe for you, your family, and your beloved pets. 

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