Peperomia obtusifolia variegata baby rubber plant with upright stems A collection of many peperomia obtusifolia variegated leaves A close up on the variegation of a baby rubber plant peperomia obtusifolia A closeup of another cultivar of peperomia obtusifolia variegata
Peperomia obtusifolia variegata baby rubber plant with upright stems A collection of many peperomia obtusifolia variegated leaves A close up on the variegation of a baby rubber plant peperomia obtusifolia A closeup of another cultivar of peperomia obtusifolia variegata

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Peperomia Obtusifolia (Baby Rubber Plants)

Peperomia obtusifolia

Peperomia obtusifolia are durable, easy-care plants that make great gifts for someone still developing their green thumb. With the right light and moisture, they'll grow quickly and bloom with flower spikes.

Growzone: 9-11

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Peperomia obtusifolia plants (baby rubber plants) are wonderful succulent-like plants from the Piperaceae family. Native to South America, these durable little houseplants are perfect for tabletops and windowsills. They can live in medium to low light, but a bright indirect light source will make your peperomia obtusilfolia happy.

As far as plant care, these are very popular as houseplants because they are considered very easy to care for. They will do just fine in a wide variety of indoor situations, making them a great beginner plant.

Variegated peperomia obtusifolia can be identified by their thick upright stems and their rounded glossy leaves that grow from petioles. Some cultivars of peperomia obtusifolia have thinner, rounder leaves and some have thicker leaves with a very slight wave to the sides of the leaf. Some variegation shows only in flecks along the leaf, while others display a white border around the outside of the leaf as well.

If you want to see how fast they can grow and how variegated the leaves can be, play around with placement in your home. The right amount of light will get these guys going! Under the right conditions, the plant will even bloom with tiny white flowers growing up along long flower spikes. You can prune some leaves or the top petioles off of the stems to encourage fuller, wider growth. Make sure to save the cuttings for propagation.

Baby rubber plants do not have a large root system, and typically only grow to about a foot in height and width. They will always be happiest in smaller pots with well-draining soil - excessive watering will cause root rot. They do very well with moisture and humidity but will be ok without either. If you have a dry home, simply spritz your peperomia obtusifolia with some extra water, or set up a humidity tray underneath the pot.

Make sure it has proper drainage, and let the soil dry out slightly between waterings. We recommend watering once a week in the spring and summer, and two to three times a month in the fall and winter.

Fun fact: Peperomia obtusifolia are also known as baby rubber plants or American rubber plants. The nicknames come from the fact that they are a distant cousin to Hevea brasiliensis - the Pará rubber tree!


Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 10-20 Inches
Mature Width: 8-15 inches
Classification: Herbaceous perennial
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright indirect
Flowers: White flowers on flower spike
Foliage: Variegated green
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out some between watering
Uses: Attractive plant to be featured on a tabletop or windowsill, does well with minimal care
This Plants Growzone: 9-11 Peperomia Obtusifolia (Baby Rubber Plants) Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Peperomia Obtusifolia (Baby Rubber Plants)

Before you buy a Peperomia obtusifolia, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

When should I re-pot my Peperomia obtusifolia?

When should I re-pot my Peperomia obtusifolia?

Most of the plants we sell are not ready to be replanted. After it has acclimated in your home after arrival, then you can repot into a pot of a similar size. Peperomia obtusifolias do not have a large root system and are happy in smaller pots. A popular option is placing the plant with its nursery pot inside of a larger, decorative container, and ensure the plant has adequate drainage of water away from the roots. Once it is difficult to place your finger into the soil because of the roots, then it is probably time to repot, just to the next nursery pot size up. Depending on how your plant grows and how you prune it, this could be quite a while.

How do I water Peperomia Obtusifolia?

How do I water Peperomia Obtusifolia?

Peperomia obtusifolia should be watered relatively infrequently, as the plants like to dry out some between watering. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn't need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. If unsure, press your index finger into the top inch of the soil. If the soil still feels dry up to the first joint, then it should be OK to water your baby rubber plant.

How much light does my Peperomia obtusifolia need?

How much light does my Peperomia obtusifolia need?

Peperomia obtusifolias are native to the rainforests of South America. They thrive in environments with partial to bright indirect sunlight and high humidity. However, these are also very resilient plants and will do just fine without either. A happy, well lit and well established peperomia obtusifolia variegata will grow faster, produce more variegated leaves, and bloom flowers on tall flower spikes. Simply make sure you don't put your peperomia in harsh, direct sunlight.

What is the best soil for Baby Rubber Plants?

What is the best soil for Baby Rubber Plants?

The best soil is a well balanced mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite that dries some between watering but takes a long time to compact. Typically, any reputable potting mix will work well and includes those ingredients. Mixing an orchid or cactus soil with an indoor potting soil will usually help create the best of both worlds. If there is fertilizer already incorporated into the potting mix, then there won't be a need to add any additional fertilizer for a while.


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