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European Trailing Peperomia | Teardrop | Care Difficulty – Easy

There are SO many varieties of peperomias, but today I am focusing on my European Trailing variety. As the name indicates, it trails (vines) instead of focusing on just growing upright. This unique variety of peperomia has oval-shaped leaves that will cascade nicely over time.

One of the many things that I love about this plant is that it looks like a well-groomed bad hair day…which is me on any given day. We quickly bonded. I placed this plant in my Kitchen Studio where it hangs from the ceiling and is within distance of catching a nice breeze from the ceiling fan. I love watching “her” movement. This room is lit mainly with overhead fluorescent lights, and so far so good. If you would like to learn more about how I grow plants under this type of lighting, please click (here).

Watering Requirements

Let the soil dry out between waterings. Peperomias can effectively store water in their fleshy stems and leaves during times of drought, so they can hold their own if you forget to water or go on vacation. But don’t neglect them too often, as this may stress the plant, making it harder to recover. With all varieties of my peperomia plants, I want the leaves to get little wrinkles in them, which is how they communicate that they want a big glass of water.

Fertilizer | Plant Food

I have read that the peperomia doesn’t really need fertilizer, BUT it can be beneficial for plant growth. To me, it’s a no-brainer to go ahead and give this lovely plant some further nutrients. As with every houseplant, always err on the side of too little fertilizer as opposed to too much! If you add too much, it can burn the roots and kill them. I recommend using a liquid concentrate, all-purpose houseplant fertilizer at quarter strength to half strength every time you water in the summer, stopping altogether in the winter if you live in a four-season climate. For some of you, the growing season can be year-round.

Lighting Requirements

It is best to locate the plant in a medium to low light situation away from direct sun, which can burn the leaves. If you don’t have enough natural light to do that, you can also grow this plant under fluorescent lighting.

Humidity and Temperature

Any humidity level will do. I keep mine in an area that is not supplemented with humidity, and it is thriving. As far as temperature goes, it can handle anywhere between 65-85 degrees (F). It’s best not to let it go below 60 degrees (F) which just might give them a case of the shivers (haha).

Plant Characteristics to Watch For

Diagnosing what is going wrong with your plant is going to take a little detective work and even more patience! First of all, don’t panic and don’t throw out a plant prematurely. Take a few deep breaths and work down the list of possible issues. Below, I am going to share some typical symptoms that can arise. When I start to spot troubling signs on a plant, I take the plant into a room with good lighting, pull out my magnifiers, and begin by thoroughly inspecting the plant.

My plant is wilting despite regular watering.

The leaves are turning brown and crispy at the edges.

The leaves are drooping or curling.

Yikes, the stems are yellowing and sometimes blacken.

Additional Care

Common Bugs to Watch For

If you want to have healthy houseplants, you MUST inspect them regularly. Every time I water a plant, I give it a quick look-over.  Bugs/insects feeding on your plants reduces the plant sap and redirects nutrients from leaves. Some chew on the leaves, leaving holes in the leaves.  Also watch for wilting or yellowing, distorted, or speckled leaves. They can quickly get out of hand and spread to your other plants. IF you see ONE bug, trust me, there are more. So, take action right away.

Toxicity

Peperomia plants are not toxic to animals or humans, but I will advise you not to nibble on them. If you are looking to increase your diet to a more plant-based one, please check out some of my raw or cooked plant-based recipes.

6 thoughts on “European Trailing Peperomia | Teardrop | Care Difficulty – Easy

  1. Robert G O'Leary says:

    What a wonderfull write up on the Peperomia plant,One of which I picked up today.
    Thank you for your Info I rely on my computer to help me with my plants and believe me I have a lot
    Feel free to use my E-Mail to keep in touch.
    Ricko

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Ricko,

      Always nice to hear from another plant lover. It sounds like you have quite the collection. Do you have an all-time favorite plant? blessings, amie sue

  2. Robert G O'Leary says:

    Top O’The mornin to you Amie Sue,
    Thanks for getting back to me.My hope is that everything is going well with you this morning.
    As for plants,I am still trying to keep my Black eyed Susans
    alive and protected from our early Oregon frost,but so far so good.
    House plants about 30 and love em all.
    Fave The Aribica Coffee plant of which I have 4
    Running ouy of time ad so much to do Have a good day and thanks for taking the time to drop me a couple of lines
    Have a good day and stay SAFE
    Rickon

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Rickon,

      May I ask what part of Oregon you live in? I love the PNW, especially the Fall season. I had to Google what a Black-eyed Susan plant was… they are just lovely. I have a rose bush outside that is still pushing out roses… but I am guessing with this weekend’s lows in the 20’s that it will now go dormant.

      I have a couple of ARibica Coffee plants as well. I have a smaller one in a 6″ pot that I am caring for until Christmas…then we will be gifting it to a friend who is in the coffee business. I have a 3.5-foot one as well. They are such lovely plants.

      Without it being my goal, pothos plants have become my main plant. I have a lot of other plants but since the pothos grows so fast, I keep propagating which in return builds my plant forrest. haha They are quite lovely and lush so no complaints on my end.

      I hope you are enjoying the weekend. blessings, amie sue

      • Robert G O'Leary says:

        Amie-sue,
        Lost my outdoor Black Eyed Susans to the frost but did bring the best one indoors when cold mornings and frost started creeping in on us.
        So far indoor Black eyed Susan is holding its own.
        I live about half way between the coast and Bend in the eastern part of Oregon, in a pretty small Town called Sweet Home. Quiet little Hovel,But it’s Home Sweet Home.
        It’s all ways uplifting to get an E-Mail reply from you .
        Keep up the good work and stay HAPPY.
        Ricko

        • amie-sue says:

          Good morning Ricko,

          I am sorry to hear that you lost one of your black-eyed Susans to the frost. The weather has been all over the board these past few weeks… at least for us. The leaves on our apple trees are past their prime; nice and crunchy but then we got some warmer temps and now new leaves started to grow?! I guess we’re not the only ones confused by the weather these days.

          I’ve never been to Sweet Home but what a charming sounding name for a town. By the sounds of it, it is living up to its name. :) Well, I am off to repot a plant (wrong time of the year) but it is demanding it. Have a wonderful weekend. amie sue

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