Plant Profile: Peperomia polybotrya

Peperomia polybotrya otherwise known as Raindrop Peperomia or Coin-Leaf Peperomia, is a beautiful edition to any houseplant collection. It doesn’t grow very big indoors, so it can fit on your bookcase, your kitchen counter or on any plant displays.

Its easy to get the polybotrya and the peperomioides confused, because of their similar appearance.
The main defining feature is the pointed leaf tip on the polybotrya (pictured below)


which isn’t present on the peperomioides (below)

CARE TIPS

LIGHT

Polybotrya like a lot of light, but not too direct. Early morning sunlight is ok, but keep your plant away from midday sun. Placing your plant near to an Eastern or Northern facing window should provide sufficient lighting.

WATER

The succulent nature of the leaves indicate that this plant is more drought tolerant than most. Water your Peperomia only when the soil is 90% dry, and ensure the water runs easily through the pot.

SOIL

In the wild, Peperomias tend to be epiphytic, meaning they don’t need soil, and instead find their nutrients from the bark of trees, on which they usually grow. They can however grow in soil, as long as its loose, organic and acidic. An orchid mix is preferable, but mixing potting soil, peat moss, bark & perlite is also a good second option.

FERTILISING

Peperomias rarely need fertilising as they are slow growing, and get most of their nutrients from their potting medium. Yellowing or drooping leaves are more often than not due to a lack of light or overwatering. If there is a need to fertilise – use a balanced liquid fertiliser NPK 20-20-20 or 10-10-10.

PROPAGATION

These plants are easy to propagate in either water, or in soil directly.
Cut off a leaf from the mother plant with one inch of the stem attached – plant in soil directly, making sure to not let the leaf touch the soil.
Keep the soil moist but not wet, to avoid rot. One way to make this easier is to cover the pot with cling film or use a cloche.
For water propagation, the same cutting applies, but the instead of soil, you place the cutting in water. Change the water every few days to avoid mould, and once roots form, you can transfer your cutting to soil.