This semi-succulent plant is a perfect starter plant for any beginner gardener!
Peperomia is a huge genus of plants having more than 1,000 known documented species. Many of them have beautiful and distinct ornamental foliage. Peperomia ‘Hope’ definitely has some great foliage. They have small circular leaves that are some what thick and fleshy and can have really nice long, trailing stems. Since they are compact in structure, they are ideal for indoor settings. You can showcase them in a nice hanging basket, or an eye catching planter, and since they are epiphytic you can mount them as well.
Lighting & Temperature
Peperomia ‘Hope’ are tropical epiphytic plants originating from Central and South America, so they thrive in bright filtered light settings. An East or West facing window would be great for this plant. If you have a South facing window, be sure to keep the plant a few feet away from the window to prevent it from burning. You can also place a light shade curtain over your windows to diffuse any harsh light or heat that may damage this plant. If natural lighting is limited in your space, grow lights are a great remedy for that.
Most indoor setting have the perfect temeratures for these Peperomia. They are not tolerant to extremes in cold or heat! So I wouldn’t recommend keeping them outside much since most locations experience a lot of extremes. Ideal temperatures range from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter months try to avoid cold drafts and being exposed to heater vents.
Watering & Humidity
Most Peperomia are classified as semi-succulent and because of this they are relatively drought tolerant. They will definitely survive if you’re a little forgetful about watering. Although they are somewhat drought tolerant, I wouldn’t recommend going too long without watering. Unlike actual succulents, Peperomia prefers much more frequent watering and more humidity. Depending on how much light your particular plant is getting, I would recommend thoroughly watering your plant once a week and allowing it to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, I recommend cutting back on watering to prevent root rot. About once every 10 days.
Since this plant originates from mostly tropical or subtropical regions, they do appreciate some humidity. I’ve noticed that this particular Peperomia isn’t too picky about having higher levels of humidity within most home settings. Although it isn’t necessary with this particular plant, they will appreciate some misting here and there.
Soil & Substrate
Since this plant is an epiphytic one, there are several ways that you can display this plant. If you would like to keep it in soil, I recommend using soil that will drain very easily. An equal parts mix of soil and perlite seems to work really well with this plant. You could also use orchid bark and perlite with a bit of soil mixed in, or you could also purchase cacti or succulent soil to plant with. Since they are semi-succulent they are prone to root rot if kept wet for too long. As long as your soil has good drainage your plant should be just fine. Mounting your plants or turning them into Kokedama are also great ways to display your plant.