Peperomia obtusifolia - the baby rubberplant or pepper face - is a species of flowering plant in the family Piperaceae, native to Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is an evergreen perennial growing to 25 cm (10 in) tall and broad, with cupped leathery leaves and narrow spikes of white flowers.
It is a popular houseplant that must be grown indoors in most temperate regions. Numerous cultivars have been developed, some of which show leaf variegation.
Sowing & planting
15 - 100
6 - 7
Identify my baby rubberplant
The peperomia is a perennial with evergreen fleshy leaves, alternate or verticillate, elliptical or cordiform, on long petioles. The flowers are for the most part discrete and white with erect ears.
Plant my baby rubberplant
You can plant your peperomia plant, in pots, in bottles or other small containers, in a fibrous mix of compost or heathsoil and potting soil.
The principle is that the mixture must be draining and rather neutral or acid, because the plant mainly takes water by its leaves.
Water my baby rubberplant
Peperomia does not like excess moisture, water once a week in season, but spray foliage often with non-calcareous water.
Fertilize my baby rubberplant
In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.
Repot my baby rubberplant
Every 3 or 4 years, at the end of winter, transplant your peperomia carefully to a slightly larger pot than it's current, adding a mixture of heather earth, topsoil and garden soil.
Check on my baby rubberplant
Red spiders enjoy the dryness of the air.
Increase the humidity if you notice a transparency of the leaves. On the other hand, if you notice leaf swelling, the ambient humidity is too high, reduce the intakes - do the same in case of roots rotting.
Prune my baby rubberplant
Vigilant deadheading once or twice a week will prolong the blooming period !