Peperomia Pepperspot Growing and Care Tips

Peperomia Pepperspot is one of the lesser-known of the 1000-plus Peperomia varieties. Pepperspot is easy to take care of, especially for beginners.

The Pepperomia pepperspot has glossy green leaves and a red-tinged stem.

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Peperomia Pepperspot Quick Care Tips

  • Botanical Name: Peperomia caperata ‘Pepperspot’
  • Common Name(s): Pepperspot Peperomia
  • Synonyms: N/A
  • Pronunciation: Pep-er-ROH-mee-uh PEH-pr-spaat
  • Family & Origin: Piperaceae family, native to Brazil
  • Growability: Easy to grow
  • Grow Zone: USDA zones 10-12
  • Size: Grows up to 12” inches tall
  • Flowering: Rarely blooms with small flowers without fragrance
  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light or partial shade
  • Humidity: Thrives in medium to high-humidity environments
  • Temperature: Ideal temperature range is 65° to 85°F
  • Soil: Loose, well-draining soil or orchid mix
  • Water: Water when the top inch of soil is dry, avoid overwatering
  • Fertilizer: Feed with a diluted liquid fertilizer once every three to four weeks during its growing season
  • Pests & Diseases: Susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites, prone to Pythium, leaf drops, nutrient deficiency, and may develop root rot if overwatered
  • Propagation: Propagate through stem cuttings or leaf cuttings
  • Plant Uses: Great succulent plant for indoor decoration, can be used in terrariums or as a small potted plant.

The stems are long and soft, intertwining with each other for a unique look. It is an ideal succulent plant for small spaces needing a little liveliness.

Peperomia Pepperspot is native to the jungles of South America, but it can also be found in Columbia, Mexico, Peru, and the rainforests of Southern Brazil.

Other common names for Pepperomia pepperspot are:

  • String of Coins
  • Green Coins

Peperomia Pepperspot Care

Size and Growth

When growing Pepperspot, it can take years to mature. At full size, the plant stands at around 12″ inches tall.

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Pepperspot needs the most care during the spring through the summer growing season.

Flowering and Fragrance

Pepperspot Peperomia has no fragrance. Flowers appear on long spikes and point upright. The spikes look somewhat like a tail when they do.

You get to see the full beauty of this vine when you grow the peperomia hanging plant in a hanging basket. The vines grow and cover the basket, exposing the green foliage and the brown-red vines. 

Pepperspot Peperomia Light Conditions and Temperature

Native to the Amazon region, Pepperspot grows underneath the cover of the canopy. It likes bright indirect light.

If you see the direct sun on your Peperomia often, consider planting something tall and sun-loving just above it.

Direct sunlight may fade the leaves’ markings. Keep Pepperspot in partial shade away from the summer afternoon sun.

Without enough light, the new plant gets leggy and stretches toward an available light source. Prune it back before moving it to a brighter area.

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It is a resident of tropical rainforests, so it does well in medium to high humidity areas.

Keep Pepperspot away from cold temperatures. It likes moderate to high humidity levels, so misting during the summer can be beneficial.

Peperomias earned the name ‘radiator plant’ but did not place them on a radiator. They can dry out and become damaged. 

Warm temperatures from 65° – 80° degrees are ideal for Peperomia prostrata pepperspot. It loves humidity but does not need it to survive.

Watering and Feeding

Like other native plants in the rainforest, Peperomia prostrata ‘pepperspot’ appreciates good watering. Overwatering is easy.

Let the soil dry out before watering. Make sure you are growing in a well-draining pot. Pepperspot hates sitting in soggy soil.

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During the growing season, feed Pepperspot a diluted liquid fertilizer once every three to four weeks. Do not fertilize during the winter months.

A 10-10-10 water-soluble plant food works well; do not overfeed the hanging plant.

Potting Soil and Transplanting

Peperomia needs loose, well-draining soil. An orchid mix or a standard potting mix with extra perlite and peat moss are excellent options.

Also, the soil should be rich in organic matter since the matter helps retain some moisture in the soil, which is necessary to nourish the plant. 

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You can use a pot made from any material with suitable drainage holes. The critical role these drainage holes play in the plant’s health is allowing excess water to drain from the soil.  

As far as transplanting goes, this plant prefers to be root-bound. When it needs a new pot, select one 1″-2″ inches bigger than its current container. Re-pot in the early spring.

Grooming and Maintenance

Removing dead growth and damaged leaves. Peperomia plants do well with pruning to keep them looking how you want them.

Pepperspot Peperomia care is straightforward, which makes them excellent hanging basket plants for newbies. 

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Do not over or underwater. Keep it in a bright spot. Pepperspot will thrive without much other maintenance.

This plant can be propagated by leaf cuttings and stem cuttings in soil or water. You can also propagate it using seeds. 

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Peperomia Pepperspot Propagation 

Peperomia Pepperspot is one of the easier plants to propagate.

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Here’s how to propagate peperomia pepperspot:

  • Take a stem cutting with a few leaves and one or two nodes on it.
  • Put it in a glass of water.
  • Let the cutting grow until the roots are around two inches long
  • The plant will be ready to pot

Read this article: How To Propagate Peperomia

Another method is to:

  • Take half of the leaves and dip them in a rooting hormone
  • Place the cut half leaves in the soil
  • After a while, small shoots will start to appear.
  • This method will need more than one cutting since some might not take

Peperomia ‘Pepperspot’ Pests or Diseases

The most frequent issue with Peperomia prostrata ‘pepperspot’ is the risk of root rot from overwatering. The leaves turn squishy when overwatered. Water only when it needs it.

Some common problems with this plant include attacks by pests and root rot because of overwatering.  Overwatering may cause Pythium, a fungus that can kill a healthy plant fast.

Dropping leaves also indicate overwatering. It can also mean that it does not have enough water.

Leaves dropping is also a regular occurrence as the plant produces new growth.

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There is no need to worry unless lots of leaves drop from different parts of the plant.

A big worry for houseplant owners is toxicity. Fortunately, the hanging peperomia plant is non-toxic to both humans and animals.

This plant is a fleshy succulent sap-sucking bug such as mealybugs, and aphids are prone to attack it. 

Another likely but rare problem is bugs. Inspect the plant for mold or white cotton masses underneath the leaves or on the stems.

These masses indicate that there are succulent mealybugs present. Treat the infestation with Neem oil or insecticidal soap.

Nutrient deficiency is also a possible issue. This lack of nutrients can be due to too much watering or an acid-impaired growth medium.

Too much sun can also cause yellow leaves. This problem can also appear as burnt edges and tips patches. Move the plant to a location with less light.

Regardless of the possible issues Pepperspot Peperomia may develop, it is quite hardy and resilient.

The appearance of black spots needs attention immediately. Quarantine the plant and remove the infection right away.

Peperomia String of Coins Plant Uses

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Pepperomia pepperspot is grown for its attractive and eye-catching appearance. 

The plant can be grown as a lovely ornamental houseplant, both as a hanging plant or in small pots.

Moreover, the String of Coin plants are an excellent choice for terrarium floors.

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