The peperomia polybotrya is a really easy to look after plant, just don’t overwater it!
Peperomia Polybotrya Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Only water when completely dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining soil.|
|Temperature:||20°C to 25°C (68-77°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering and root rot.|
The peperomia polybotrya is originally from South and Central America, it’s a small and really popular plant known for it’s tear drop shaped leaves.
Indirect sunlight from medium to bright is ideal. Peperomias are not that fussy about light, I’ve seen them do well in lower light areas too.
How Often to Water A Peperomia Polybotrya
Only water a peperomia polybotrya once it is totally dry. They are generally really easy going plants without many care needs but the one thing to really look out for is overwatering as they can get root rot quite easily.
Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer, make sure it is really well diluted the first time you use it to avoid the risk of fertilizer burn. Then you can make it a bit stronger each time.
A well draining soil is essential for a peperomia polybotrya, as they are susceptible to root rot. You want the water to drain right out. Also if your plant is inside a second pot with no water holes, make sure you empty out the excess water a few minutes after watering.
When To Repot A Peperomia Polybotrya
Repot when root bound, the best time of year for this is in Spring so the plant has time to grow into it’s new pot..
40-50% is ideal for this plant, they will do well with more humidity too. They do best in their ideal humidity range, but don’t worry too much about it as they are really resilient and will do well in all household humidity levels.
20°C to 25°C (68-77°F). Peperomias do well in most households and are not fussy in this regard.
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Peperomia Polybotrya Propagation In Water
A really easy way to propagate is with water, follow these steps:
- Cut a stem cutting with at least 2 nodes (the places where the leaves from from),
- Strip the leaves from the bottom node, leave leaves on the top one only. Roots will grow from the bottom node.
- Put the cutting in a jar of filtered tap water and put it in a warm place with plenty of indirect sunlight.
- Wait up to two months for roots to grow to a decent size.
- Pot it up into soil, water it in and your done!
Peperomia Polybotrya FAQs and Common Problems
Overwatering is a major issue, make sure the plant dries out first before watering again.
Also be sure to keep an eye out for pests like mealybugs, a good time to check is when watering your plants.
Peperomia Polybotrya Bumpy Leaves
A common issue with peperomias is overwatering as they are really sensitive to it. This can manifest itself in bumps n the leaves. If you see bumps in the leaves, take the plant out of it’s soil, let the roots dry and ten repot in dry soil. Let the plant dry out before watering again, and you should be ok.