Peperomia Serpens
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Peperomia Serpens

Welcome to our guide to peperomia serpens care. We cover all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity.

Peperomia Serpens Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check soil weekly and only water if dry all the way down.
Fertilizer:A balanced feed once a month in the summer.
Soil:Add 20% perlite to a normal potting compost.
Humidity:50% and above.
Temperature:18-24°C (65-75°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The peperomia serpens is a beautiful small leaved, vining peperomia, known for it’s abundant heart-shaped leaves, in the wild it is native to Brazil

See also: Peperomia Ruby Cascade, Peperomia Polybotrya, Peperomia Nivalis, Peperomia Graveolens (Ruby Glow Peperomia), Peperomia Incana, Peperomia Quadrangularis, Peperomia Ruby Cascade, Peperomia Scandens, Pink Lady Peperomia.

Peperomia Serpens Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for this plant. No direct sunlight though. A bit back from a south-facing window is a good spot for it.

How Often To Water

Check the soil weekly and only water it if the soil is dry most of the way down.

Tip: Be careful of overwatering, they are overall tolerant of a lot of care conditions, but they can die from root rot quite easily. Make sure the plant is in a very well draining medium and only water it when mostly dry. After watering, empty out any excess water than might still be in the bottom of the external pot too.


Feed them a balanced feed once a month in the summer. Make sure it is well diluted so you do not get leaf-burn from fertilizer.

Peperomia Serpens Soil

They want a really well draining soil. Add 20% perlite to a normal potting compost to aid drainage.

When to Repot

Check your plant in spring and if the root are crowded, pot it up a size.


Aim for 50% and above, they will thrive if given good humidity.


18-24°C (65-75°F) in the day, down to 10°C (50°F) as a minimum temperature at night.

How to Propagate Peperomia Serpens

You can take stem cuttings and root them in water over a month or so, then pot them up in soil when they are rooted.

You want to select healthy parts of the plants for cuttings for the best chance of success. Make sure each cutting have node that will be under the water (take the leaves off this node) as well as a node with leaves on it that will be above the water. After taking cuttings, wait half a day or so so the wounds callous over, reducing the chances of root rot. They put them in a jar of filtered tap water so the naked leaves are under the water. They should start to root in days, and in one to two months the roots will be large enough to pot them up into soil.

For more on peperomias see our peperomia category with all our peperomia care guides.

Peperomia Serpens USDA Zone

Zones 10-12.

Do Peperomia Serpens Flower?

They flower in summer if given plenty of light, with small spike of white flowers. They are not the most remarkable of flowers on their own to be hones, but when you get a lot, they look great and really transform the look of the plant.

Peperomia Scandens Vs Serpens

They plants can be easily told apart as the peperomia scandens has a variegated border to it’s leaves which are bigger and more teardrop shaped.

Peperomia Serpens Size

When mature they can grow to 15-30cm tall (6-12 inches) and 30-40cm wide (12-16 inches)wide, it cn spead out a lot if given space to.

Why Peperomia Serpens Leaves Turning Yellow?

Yellowing happens when the plant is stressed, with peperomia this is most often caused by too much water. Make sure you only water the plant when the soil is dry.

Is Peperomia Serpens Toxic?

They are non toxic to dogs and cats.

Peperomia Serpens Common Name

Vining Peperomia

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

They can be overwatered very easily, so make sure you let the soil dry out before watering again.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Peperomia Ruby Cascade, Peperomia Polybotrya, Peperomia Nivalis, Peperomia Graveolens (Ruby Glow Peperomia).

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Peperomia Serpens
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