What To Do With Peperomia Flower Spikes?

With over 1,000+ species of Peperomia, you have likely come across them in nurseries offering houseplants. Whatever Peperomia variety you own, your glossy-leaved plant may develop long spikes.

Are these peperomia flower spikes? Yes, read on to learn what to do about them.

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Do Peperomia Plants Flower?

All Pepermonia plants flower, but they don’t flower until they are mature. Most species in the Peperomia genus bloom in the summer, and the blooms last for about two weeks. 

Peperomias usually only bloom when the plants enjoy good lighting, water and care. 

Peperomia flowers are not the most attractive, and most plant lovers do not purchase plants for their flowers. Peperomias, the leaves are the usual showstopper. 

What Do The Peperomia Spikes and Blooms Look Like? 

Peperomia blooms don’t have any special features, and they don’t resemble a flower. The flower stalks, also known as spikes, have two little stamens and pistils.

You know your peperomia is blooming if you see spikes or inflorescences on the plant. 

Peperomia flower spikes are almost 3″ inches long and white, brown, or green in color. The spikes look like tails growing from your plant. The tiny blooms appear on the spikes with no particular fragrance or scent and are non-toxic to humans and pets.

The spikes will fall off in about two weeks on their own once blooming is over.  

Peperomia flowers produce a thin, coated berry.

What Can I Do About Spikes On My Peperomia Plant?

If you have a Peperomia plant and suddenly notice tail-like spikes growing from it after a few years, don’t worry!

These spikes are the plant’s flowers, and the fact that you’re seeing them means that you have provided the plant with adequate care and water. 

Pinch Them Off

While the spikes will fall off on their own, some people choose to pinch these blooms off as they are not particularly visually appealing. 

Let Them Fall Off

However, there is no need to cut them off, as the Peperomia spikes aren’t impacting the plant’s resources. Once the hard work of growing the spikes is done, the plant is perfectly happy until the spikes fall off naturally. 

However, if the spikes’ appearance bothers you, you can pinch them off. Some gardeners find that removing the plant’s spikes helps the plant put its energy into new leaves. 

With so many different peperomia species there is a wide range of physical characteristics. The shape of the leaves varies between heart, oval, or lance-shaped leaves. In addition, the color and appearance can be striped, marbled, smooth, or rippled. 

No matter which Peperomia plant you purchase, it will produce flower spikes with proper care.

And while this may seem unconventional if you’re a first-time Peperomia plant owner, you’ll get much more enjoyment from the plant’s beautiful and unique leaves.

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