How to grow and care for Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) Indoors

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Trailing Jade Plant, Peperomia rotundifolia

Botanical name: Peperomia rotundifolia
Family: Piperaceae
Common names: Trailing Jade Plant, Jade Necklace, Creeping Peperomia, Creeping Buttons, Leaf Peperomia

Trailing Jade Plant Description

Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) also called Jade Necklace, Creeping Peperomia, Creeping Buttons and round Leaf Peperomia, is a trailing Peperomia plant which bears hanging shoots.

The leaves are very small, thick and fleshy, succulent and button-like that may entwine and weave in and out of each other.

The stem in Trailing Jade Plant consists of several small green leaves growing all along the stem on either side.

The Trailing Jade Plant leaves have a rounded appearance and measure about an inch in diameter.

The Trailing Jade Plant does well in a hanging basket, where the shoots can beautifully cascade and in a terrarium where humidity is high.

This Trailing Jade Plant flourishes when it is slightly pot-bound, which implies that it should not be over-potted. The plant can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings.

Trailing Jade Plant Origin

Trailing Jade (Peperomia rotundifolia) is native to the tropical rainforest of South America where it can be found growing on trees or crawling on rock cracks, rotten logs and the forest ground as well as it prefers moisture and shaded conditions.

Trailing Jade Plant, Peperomia rotundifolia

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Trailing Jade Peperomia (Peperomia rotundifolia) Care Indoors

Trailing Jade Peperomia Light Requirements

Trailing Jade Plant grows best in semi-shade (partial shade). It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not adequate.

Too little light for Trailing Jade will result in leggy plants and loss of leaf color while direct sunshine can lead to scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Trailing Jade Peperomia Watering

Water Trailing Jade Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to slightly dry out between waterings.

Reduce the amount and frequency of watering 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 Trailing Jade Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.


Temperature for Trailing Jade Peperomia

Trailing Jade Plant requires an average warmth with in the range of 15-260C. Room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for this plant.

Protect Trailing Jade Plant from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Trailing Jade Peperomia

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

Trailing Jade Plant can also be grown in a terrarium as high humidity can be maintained. Read more on how to make a closed terrarium for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Trailing Jade Peperomia

Feed Trailing Jade Plant with a balanced, liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding 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 Trailing Jade Peperomia

Repot Trailing Jade Plant during the growing season only when the plant has become pot-bound. Use a pot one size larger than the current one.

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

Trailing Jade Plant Soil

The best soil for Trailing Jade Plant 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.

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

How to Prune Trailing Jade Peperomia

Pruning Trailing Jade Plant involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a bushy, compact growth for your Trailing Jade Plant, regularly pinch of the growing tips.

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

Trailing Jade Plant, Peperomia rotundifolia

Photo Credit: World of Succulents

Trailing Jade Peperomia (Peperomia rotundifolia) Propagation

Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) can be propagated in 3 ways; from leaf cuttings, from stem cuttings or by plant division.

Trailing Jade Peperomia (Peperomia rotundifolia) Problems Indoors

Trailing Jade Peperomia brown leaf tips and edges

Brown leaf tips and edges in Trailing Jade Plant are due to sudden drop in temperature from cold draughts.

Remove all the damaged leaves to keep the plant neat and tidy. Protect the Trailing Jade Plant from cold draughts like windy doors, drafty windows, air conditioners and maintain an average warmth within the range of 15-260C.

Trailing Jade Peperomia dropping leaves

Dropping leaves (leaf fall) in Trailing Jade Plant is caused by many and varied reasons like overwatering, insufficient lighting, overfeeding among others.

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

Trailing Jade Peperomia brown, shrivelled leaves

The cause of brown and shrivelled leaves in Trailing Jade Plant is too dry air. Trailing Jade Plant prefers a humid environment.

To raise humidity for Trailing Jade Plant, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

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

Trailing Jade Peperomia dry, shrivelled leaves

Excess soluble salts in the soil from the water or excess feeding will cause dry, shrivelled leaves in Trailing Jade Plant.

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

Trailing Jade Peperomia leggy stems

Leggy stems in Trailing Jade Plant are due to too low light. This ia an attempt by the plant to reach the right source.

Cut back the stems to rejuvenate growth. Move your Trailing Jade to a brighter spot where it wil receive medium light (semi-shade). It can also grow under a grow light if the natural light is not adequate.

Trailing Jade Peperomia wilted, discolored leaves with corky swellings under the leaves

Wilted and discolored leaves and corky swellings under the leaves in Trailing Jade Peperomia are due to too wet soil (soggy soil).

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

To avoid getting soggy soil, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-drainage.

Trailing Jade Peperomia diseases

Trailing Jade Plant diseases; leaf spot disease and root-rot disease. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the disease.

Trailing Jade Peperomia pests

Trailing Jade Plant pests; spider mites, whiteflies and mealy bugs. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Trailing Jade Peperomia (Peperomia rotundifolia) toxic?

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

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