A practical, no-nonsense guide to the hope peperomia…
Hope Peperomia Summary
|Light needs:||Low to medium indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Let your plant dry out fully before watering it again. Check it once a week|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer once a month in the summer months.|
|Soil:||A well draining potting compost.|
|Temperature:||20°C to 25°C (68-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Peperomia rotundifolia, trailing jade.|
|Common issues:||Over watering.|
The hope peperomia does not grow naturally in the wild, it is a cross of two other natural peperomias (peperomia deppeana and peperomia quadrifolia). Its a really nice trailing plant with small round leaf growths from a relatively sparse stem. What I really like about it is having it as a trailing plant over the edge of my shelf, showing off the sparse growing pattern. They are easy to grow and forgiving, making them great plants for beginners too.
You can propagate them easily too, for more on this see our guide here: Propagating Peperomia.
Pepermomia hopes do not need bright light, they are ideally suited to medium indirect sunlight down to low light. So they will be just fine back from a window, or even in the middle of the room if it is a bright space.
A shelf in a bright East facing room is a great location for them where they can show off their trailing foliage.
How Often to Water
Let your plant dry out fully before watering it again. Check it once a week. Do not over water as root rot can be a real issue with peperomias. Remember that these plants are epiphytes which means that naturally they do not grow in soil on the ground, but in material like barks and rotting matter on trees etc. So if they sit in wet soil their roots will not tolerate it and can rot easily.
You can use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the summer months. It is a good idea to feed them with a really diluted feed the first time, just to be sure they do not get fertilizer burn.
A well draining commercial potting compost will be good for a hope peperomia. Add some perlite for drainage to avoid the issues with root rot that can happen with these epiphytes.
When To Repot
They will not need repotting every year, but if they do get pot bound, then you can repot in spring before the growing season. Pot them up a pot size or two.
Peperomia hopes like the higher end of normal household humidity (40-50%).
This plant does well in normal household temperatures, 20°C to 25°C (68-77°F). Do not let them get too cold in winter, through 10°C (50°F) is about the lowest they should be allowed to go, if they go under this for too long they might get cold damage, so be careful or draughts and cold windows in the winter.
Where To Buy
Peperomia rotundifolia, trailing jade.
FAQs and Common Problems
Peperomias are epiphytes and are prone to over watering, so make sure they are in a really well draining bark based soil and you let them dry out fully before watering again.