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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