How to grow and care for Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) Indoors

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Ruby Glow Peperomia, Peperomia graveolens

Botanical name: Peperomia graveolens
Family: Piperaceae
Common names: Ruby Glow Peperomia, Ruby Peperomia

Ruby Glow Peperomia Description

Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) also called Ruby Peperomia is a perennial succulent plant which bears gleaming red stems in wine red color and the leaves are succulent with a wine red shade.

The upper part of the leaf has a transparent v-shaped ‘window’ which allows light to pass through to the photosynthetic tissues where photosynthesis takes place.

Photosynthesis is the process through which plants make food needed for energy and growth.

Ruby Glow Peperomia Flower

The flowers are borne on the long stems but are rather tiny. They are in the shade of yellowish-white and they have a faint unpleasant odor if you get your nose close enough.

The name “graveolens” means bad smelling because of the flowers scent which is like the smell of mice urine.

Ruby Glow Peperomia Origin

Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) is a rare Peperomia that is endemic to Ecuador.

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Ruby Glow Peperomia, Peperomia graveolens

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Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) Care Indoors

Ruby Glow Peperomia Light Requirements

Ruby Glow Peperomia grows best in bright light to semi-shade (partial shade). It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not adequate.

Too little light for your Ruby Glow Peperomia will result in leggy plants and loss of leaf color.

Keep your Ruby Glow Peperomia 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 Ruby Glow Peperomia

Water Ruby Glow Peperomia liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Significantly reduce watering for your Ruby Glow Peperomia 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 your Ruby Glow Peperomia Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.


Temperature for Ruby Glow Peperomia

Average warmth between 15-240C is ideal for Ruby Glow Peperomia. A room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for these plants. If the temperatures are outside this range, they impact the growth of the plant negatively.

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

Humidity for Ruby Glow Peperomia

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

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

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Ruby Glow Peperomia

Feed Ruby Glow Peperomia with a balanced, liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Ruby Glow Peperomia 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 Ruby Glow Peperomia

Repot Ruby Glow Peperomia during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound.

Use a pot one size larger than the current one and ensure the pot for your Ruby Glow Peperomia has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Ruby Glow Peperomia Soil

The best soil for Ruby Glow Peperomia should be rich in organic matter, loose and free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

Ruby Glow Peperomia is prone to root-rot if the soil gets soggy (retains too much water), therefore, Cactus and Succulents Soil is ideal for Ruby Glow Peperomia as it drains easily.

How to Prune Ruby Glow Peperomia

Pruning Ruby Glow Peperomia involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a bushy, compact growth for your Ruby Glow Peperomia, regularly pinch off the growing tips.

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

Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) Propagation

Ruby Glow Peperomia propagation can be done from seeds, leaf and stem-tip cuttings or by plant division.

How to propagate Ruby Glow Peperomia from seeds

Sow the Ruby Glow Peperomia seeds at the beginning of the growing season in moist soil.

Place the set up in a warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist until the Ruby Glow Peperomia seeds germinate.

Once germinated, move the set up to a cool shaded place and maintain the soil moist until the new Ruby Glow Peperomia plants are well established.

How to propagate Ruby Glow Peperomia from leaf cuttings in water

Ruby Glow Peperomia leaf cuttings root easily, therefore there is no need for a rooting hormone.

Take leaf cuttings from a healthy Ruby Glow Peperomia and ensure each leaf cutting has a petiole.

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

Place the leaf Ruby Glow Peperomia cuttings in a jar of clean plain water or in a propagation station and change the water every 5-7 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 Ruby Glow Peperomia Plant cuttings to individual pots and place in a cool shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until the new Ruby Glow Peperomia Plants are well established.

For a fuller Ruby Glow Peperomia, plant several plants in one pot.

How to propagate Ruby Glow Peperomia from stem-tip cuttings

Ruby Glow Peperomia 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 Ruby Glow Peperomia and ensure each cutting has at least 2 sets of leaves.

Allow sometime for the formation of a protective callus tissue over the cuts of Ruby Glow Peperomia cuttings to prevent rotting.

Insert the Ruby Glow Peperomia 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 Ruby Glow Peperomia stem cuttings to individual pots and begin routine care.

For a fuller Ruby Glow Peperomia, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to propagate Ruby Glow Peperomia by plant division

Take out your Ruby Glow Peperomia 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 Ruby Glow Peperomia sections.

Allow the new Ruby Glow Peperomia to be well established before transplanting.

Ruby Glow Peperomia, Peperomia graveolens

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Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) Problems Indoors

Ruby Glow Peperomia brown leaf tips and edges

Brown leaf tips and edges in Ruby Glow Peperomia are due to sudden drop in temperature from cold draughts.

Remove all the damaged leaves and keep your Ruby Glow Peperomia away from cold draughts to maintain average room warmth.

Ruby Glow Peperomia dropping leaves

There are many and varied causes of dropping leaves in Ruby Glow Peperomia. One possible cause of dropping leaves in your Ruby Glow Peperomia is temperature is too low.

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

The second possible cause of dropping leaves in your Ruby Glow Peperomia is the plant has been underwatered causing the foliage to wilt.

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

Here is an outline on 12 reasons why Peperomia is dropping leaves (with solutions).

Ruby Glow Peperomia brown, shrivelled leaves

Brown and shrivelled leaves in Ruby Glow Peperomia are due to too dry air. Ruby Glow Peperomia prefers a humid environment.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier to raise humidity for your Ruby Glow Peperomia. read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

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

Ruby Glow Peperomia dry and shrivelled leaves

Dry and shrivelled leaves in Ruby Glow Peperomia are caused by excess soluble salts in the soil from the water or excess feeding.

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

Ruby Glow Peperomia leggy stems

Leggy stems in Ruby Glow Peperomia are due to low light. Ruby Glow Peperomia grows best in bright light to light shade.

Cut back the stems to rejuvenate growth and move your Ruby Glow Peperomia to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light to light shade. It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not adequate.

Ruby Glow Peperomia wilted and discolored leaves and corky swellings under the leaves

Wilted and discolored leaves and corky swellings under the leaves in Ruby Glow Peperomia are due to soggy soil.

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

Ruby Glow Peperomia diseases

Ruby Glow Peperomia diseases; leaf spot disease and root-rot disease. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the disease.

Ruby Glow Peperomia pests

Ruby Glow Peperomia pests; spider mites, whiteflies and mealy bugs. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Ruby Glow Peperomia (Peperomia graveolens) toxic?

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

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