Is Peperomia a Succulent? | Indoor plant care guide |

“No”. The peperomia is not a succulent.

Peperomia may look succulents in appearance and behavior, but they are not. It is a perennial tropical plant and easy growing houseplant. Though it has fleshy and thick leaves, it likes to live in a higher humidity environment than succulents.

On the other hand, the plant needs more water than succulents. It is an epiphyte plant. So, it absorbs nutrients and moisture from the air and water by the roots.

The leaves of the small plants are dense and succulent-like, with an oval shape and the species with bigger leaves have striped green heart-shaped leaves.

However, there are 1500 species in peperomia and most of these are houseplants. Baby rubber plant, pepper elder, radiator plant, shining bush plant, emerald ripper pepper are other names of the peperomia plant. The family and sub family of the plant is Piperaceae and Piperoideae. 

It can be found easily in Central and Northern South America.This is a very good houseplant as it is a small plant and requires less maintenance. On the other hand, it is easy to care and it needs less nutrition.

Peperomia plant

What type of plant is a Peperomia?

Peperomia is a small and compact tropical perennial plant. It is not a succulent and easy going and low care, very good houseplant. On the other hand, it is an epiphyte plant.

It means it absorbs nutrients and moisture from the air and water by the roots and which is growing on the rotten wood.

Moreover, peperomia grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) maximum in height. the plant has thick, smooth and fleshy leaves. peperomia have oval shaped and heart shaped leaves.

The size of the leaves can be varied from 1 – 4 inches. However, The real beauty of this plant is foliage. The flowers of Peperomia are green or whitish spikes at the end of long branches and  unshowy and tiny.

Peperomia plant

Is it an indoor plant?

The answer of this question is “Yes”

Peperomia are excellent indoor plants. Because they have so many characteristics that make them perfect houseplants.They are perfect for those looking to enhance their houseplant collection, as they come in a variety of beautiful foliage and can survive a variety of growing conditions. If you have a small room in your home or office, a Peperomia houseplant might be a good match for you.

The name peperomia describe a plant condition that Will tolerate low indirect light but survives in medium to bright indirect light. Intense, direct sunlight is not recommended. 1-2 times a week, water and allow the soil to dry out between watering. Any amount of humidity will suffice. You can place the plant under normal room humidity.

However, the soil should be Moist and well- drained. Soil is Neutral to acidic PH level in peperomia plantations . The suitable temperature of theplant is 65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C).

Peperomia can be diseased by the mealybugs. mealybugs is resistant to Horticultural oil . Under above conditions the plant can be lived happily as an indoor plant.

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I’m Dr. Chamika, As a hobby love talking about plants and showing you that taking care of indoor plants. My website is knowledge I’ve learned over the years and continue to learn about growing succulents. If you’re a succulent lover, then you have come to the correct place.