Growing Peperomia Ginny Plants: Caring For Tricolor Peperomia

The Peperomia plant has long been a popular house plant.

Peperomia Ginny [Pep-er-ROH-mee-uh, Gin-EE] is one of the newer varieties on the market and easily adapts to life in the home. It features beautiful foliage and the easy care of the peperomia.

Peperomia Ginny or Rainbow

This sport comes from the species Peperomia Clusiifolia, this radiator plant belongs to the family of Piperaceae and is native to subtropical and tropical regions, particularly Central America and South America. 

The common names for Peperomia Ginny include:

  • Rainbow Peperomia
  • Red Edge Peperomia
  • Tricolor Peperomia

Peperomia Ginny Plant Care

Size & Growth

The Rainbow Peperomia has an upright growth habit and large dark green leaves, making it an ideal choice for containers. 

The leaves of this plant are thick, and its edges are creamy-white with a slight touch of rosy-pink shade.

This slow-growing perennial also have red-colored stems, which makes them even more striking in a garden or as houseplants.

Flowering and Fragrance

The flowers produced by this plant are tiny, unscented, and sit on top of long spikes. 

The flowers are rather insignificant as this plant is grown for its beautiful foliage.

Light & Temperature

Ginny grows best in bright light and even in moderate light. 

However, avoid placing it under direct sunlight as this could damage the foliage. 

The Peperomia plant tolerates low light and also adapts well to fluorescent lighting.

In the summer season, the ideal temperature for this plant is between 68° – 78° degrees Fahrenheit (20° – 25° C), whereas during the winter season, the temperature shouldn’t go below 50° degrees Fahrenheit (10° C).

The USDA hardiness zones of this plant are 10 – 12.

Watering and Feeding

These small houseplants prefer thorough watering. 

Allow the soil to completely dry out between watering. 

They are also drought-tolerant since their fleshy leaves and stems hold water.

These indoor plants don’t require much feeding. 

However, feed the plants during summer or spring for quicker growth. 

Use a fertilizer for indoor plants. 

Be sure to flush the plant with water in the summer season to eliminate the salts residue left after fertilization.

Soil & Transplanting

This plant loves well-draining soil. Opt for a soil mixture with equal amounts of perlite and peat moss.

Repotting isn’t needed with Peperomias plants as they thrive more under potted as compared to being over potted. 

If the plant grows too big for its pot, then it is best to repot it.

Grooming and Maintenance

Growing the Peperomia plant is easy care and low maintenance. 

In case the plant looks unkempt in any time of the year, use a clean and sharp knife or scissors to trim the leaves.

This plant doesn’t like to be overwatered and will start rotting at the base. 

Water every ten days, depending on the temperature and season.

How to Propagate Tricolor Peperomia

Propagation of this plant is efficiently done using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, or even tip-cuttings. 

  • Use a light rooting mixture and dip the ends in rooting powder
  • The propagation should be done in the summer and spring season. 
  • The leaves and tips start rooting quickly.
  • For leaf cuttings, be sure to remove the lower leaves, and the cut must be made underneath the bottom joint. 
  • The cuttings must be placed on a clean surface for a few hours, so the protective callus tissues are formed on the cuts.

Propagation is also done using the division process. 

  • Divide the plants at the time of potting. 
  • Remove and separate them in small pieces, ensure a few roots are also attached.
  • The cuttings or divisions must be placed in the mixture, with the top completely sealed off. 
  • Since this plant is semi-succulent, a higher amount of humidity is harmful. 
  • Once the roots start forming, the cuttings should be planted in their permanent positions.

Tricolor Peperomia Pest or Diseases

The Peperomia plant doesn’t experience any grave pest or diseases but suffers issues due to neglect. 

When placed under direct sunlight, the leaves of the plant will start to fade or look dull, which is easily remedied by moving the plant in a shaded spot.

If discoloration is witnessed in the flowers and leaves, then this is an indication of overwatering. 

Suspend watering for a while and let the soil dry out. 

When watering, avoid the leaves as this will lead to rotting.

Peperomia Clusiifolia ‘Ginny’ Uses

The delicate leaves and small size of this plant make it perfect for dish gardens, hanging baskets, and desktops. 

They also look great as groundcovers. 

Since they rarely overshadow or overtake neighboring plants, they may be planted with a variety of outdoor and indoor plants.

This Peperomia variety works well with its other types, including: