How to grow and care for Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) Indoors

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Peperomia Jelly, Peperomia clusiifolia

Botanical name: Peperomia clusiifolia
Family: Piperaceae
Common names: Peperomia Jelly, Ginny Peperomia, Red-edge Peperomia, Peperomia Tricolor

Peperomia Jelly Description

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) also called Ginny Peperomia, Red-edge Peperomia or Peperomia Tricolor is a herbaceous plant which bears fleshy oval-shaped leaves that are pointed at the tips.

The fleshy leaves in Peperomia Jelly are often light green with darker green coloring in the center and red or pink edges.

The leaves feel like jelly to the touch and hence the common name, 'Peperomia Jelly'.

Peperomia Jelly is ideal for a hanging basket where the trailing stems can cascade beautifully down the sides of the pot.

The leaf shape and growth pattern of Peperomia Jelly highly resemble those of Peperomia obtusifolia (Baby Rubber Plant).

Peperomia Jelly Origin

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) is native to the West Indies and Mexico.

Buy beautiful and healthy Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) from Etsy.

Peperomia Jelly, Peperomia clusiifolia

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Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) Care Indoors

Peperomia Jelly Light Requirements

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) grows best in bright light to light shade. It can also grow under a grow light.

Too little light for Peperomia Jelly will result in leggy plants and loss of leaf color. Regularly, turn the pot to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth.

Keep your Peperomia Jelly away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Peperomia Jelly

Water Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Significantly reduce watering for your Peperomia Jelly during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot for Peperomia Jelly Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead in root-rot disease.


Temperature for Peperomia Jelly

Average warmth between 15-260C is ideal for Peperomia Jelly.

Protect your Peperomia Jelly from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Peperomia Jelly

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) thrives in a high humidity environment. Set pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for your Peperomia Jelly Plant. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Peperomia Jelly Plant in a terrarium as high humidity can be maintained. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Peperomia Jelly

Feed Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) with a balanced, liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Peperomia Jelly during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Peperomia Jelly Plant

Repot Peperomia Jelly Plant during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound. Use a rich, free-draining soil and a pot one size larger.

Ensure the pot for your Peperomia Jelly Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Peperomia Jelly Soil

The best soil for Peperomia Jelly should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Peperomia Jelly. Buy quality Potting Mix for your Peperomia Jelly from Etsy.

How to Prune Peperomia Jelly Plant

Pruning Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

As your Peperomia Jelly ages, it becomes straggly therefore, cut back the stems during the growing season to rejuvenate growth. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) Propagation

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from leaf-cuttings, stem-cuttings or by division.

How to propagate Peperomia Jelly from leaf cuttings in water

Peperomia Jelly leaf cuttings root easily, therefore there is no need for a rooting hormone. Take leaf cuttings from a healthy Peperomia Jelly and ensure each leaf cutting has a petiole.

Allow some time for the formation of a protective callus tissue over the cuts of Peperomia Jelly Plant leaf cuttings to prevent rotting.

Place the leaf Peperomia Jelly Plant cuttings in a jar of clean plain water and change the water every 7-10 days.

Place in warm shaded place until growth begins at the base of the cuttings leaf petiole. Allow enough time for substantial growth of the roots and new leaves.

Transfer the rooted Peperomia Jelly Plant cuttings to individual pots and place in a warm, well-lit place. For a fuller Peperomia Jelly Plant, plant several plants in one pot.

Maintain the soil moist until the new Peperomia Jelly Plants are well established after which you can begin routine care.

How to propagate Peperomia Jelly from stem-tip cuttings

Peperomia Jelly Plant stem-tip cuttings root easily, therefore, there is no need for a rooting hormone. Take stem cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Peperomia Jelly Plant and ensure each cutting has at least 2 sets of leaves.

Insert the Peperomia Jelly Plant cuttings in moist rooting soil and place in warm shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.

Transfer the rooted Peperomia Jelly Plant stem cuttings to individual pots and begin routine care. For a fuller Peperomia Jelly Plant, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to propagate Peperomia Jelly by plant division

Take out your Peperomia Jelly Plant from its pot and divide it into several sections.

Pot these sections in individual pots and place in a cool shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges on your Peperomia Jelly Plant sections.

Allow the new Peperomia Jelly Plants to be well established before transplanting after which routine care can begin.

Peperomia Jelly, Peperomia clusiifolia

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Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) Problems Indoors

Peperomia Jelly dropping leaves

Peperomia Jelly dropping leaves (leaves falling) is due to many and varied reasons. One possible reason for Peperomia Jelly dropping leaves is too low temperature.

Move your Peperomia Jelly Plant to a warmer spot away from cold draughts and maintain an average room temperature.

The second possible reason for Peperomia Jelly dropping leaves (leaves falling) is that the plant has been underwatered causing the foliage to wilt and drop.

Water your Peperomia Jelly Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings but reduce watering during the cold season.

Read more on 12 reasons why Peperomia is dropping leaves (leaves falling).

Peperomia Jelly brown leaf tips and edges

Brown leaf tips and edges in your Peperomia Jelly are are caused by two possible reasons. Remove all the damaged leaves to keep the plant neat and tidy.

One possible reason for Peperomia Jelly brown leaf tips and edges is sudden changes in temperature due to draughts (drafts).

Keep your Peperomia Jelly away from draughts like drafty windos, windy doors, hot vents, air conditioners and others.

Maintain warm temperatures for the plant within the range of 18-250C.

The second possible reason for Peperomia Jelly brown leaf tips and edges is too low humidity.

To raise humidity for your Peperomia Jelly, set pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Peperomia Jelly in a terrarium as high humidity can be maintained in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Peperomia Jelly brown, shrivelled leaves

The cause of brown and shrivelled leaves in your Peperomia Jelly Plant is too dry air. Peperomia Jelly Plant prefers a humid environment.

Set pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for Peperomia Jelly. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Peperomia Jelly in a terrarium as high humidity can be maintained in a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Peperomia Jelly dry and shrivelled leaves

Excess soluble salts in the soil from the water or excess feeding will cause dry shrivelled leaves in your Peperomia Jelly Plant.

Regularly flush out the salts from the soil for your Peperomia Jelly Plant by running a stream of water through the soil until it comes out through the drainage holes and repeat the process several times.

Peperomia Jelly leggy stems

Leggy stems in your Peperomia Jelly are due to low light. Cut back the stems to rejuvenate growth and move your Peperomia Jelly to a brighter spot.

Peperomia Jelly wilted, discolored leaves with corky swellings under the leaves

Soggy soil for your Peperomia Jelly Plant is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves and corky swellings under the leaves.

This is an indication of Root-rot disease. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the disease.

Peperomia Jelly diseases

Peperomia Jelly diseases; Leaf Spot Disease and Root-rot. Isolate the affected Peperomia Jelly Plant and treat it appropriately for the disease.

Peperomia Jelly pests

Peperomia Jelly pests; Spider Mites, Whiteflies and Mealy Bugs. Isolate the affected Peperomia Jelly Plant and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Peperomia Jelly Plant (Peperomia clusiifolia) toxic?

Peperomia Jelly (Peperomia clusiifolia) like other Peperomia Plants is non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.

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