How to Grow and Care for Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) Indoors

Trailing Jade Plant, Peperomia rotundifolia

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


Peperomia rotundifolia also called Trailing Jade Plant, Jade Necklace, Creeping Peperomia, Creeping Peperomia, Creeping Buttons and round Leaf Peperomia, is a trailing 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.

Creeping Peperomia leaves have a rounded appearance and measure about an inch in diameter.

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

Jade Necklace 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.


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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Peperomia rotundifolia Care Indoors

Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) thrives in medium to bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Peperomia rotundifolia requires regular pruning to keep it neat, minimize pest and disease infestations as well as rejuvenate growth. Repotting is only needed when the plant becomes extremely pot-bound. Keep reading for more details on these growing conditions and how to achieve them.

Light Requirements

Trailing Jade Plant grows best in bright, indirect light away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves.

Make sure that the plant receives adequate light as too little light will result in leggy plants and loss of leaf color.

Rotate the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for even growth.

If the natural lighting is not enough, use a grow light to supplement it.


Water Trailing Jade Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings to keep the soil moderately moist.

Decrease the amount and frequency of watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.

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


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.

Keep Jade Necklace away from cold draughts like windy doors and windows to avoid sudden drops in temperature which can cause leaf drop.


Trailing Jade Plant thrives in a high humidity environment. To up humidity, set pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier.

The Jade Necklace can also be grown in a terrarium as high humidity can be maintained inside a terrarium.

Fertilizer (Feeding)

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

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn.


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.

Ascertain that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as soggy soil can result in root-rot disease.


The best soil for Peperomia rotundifolia 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.

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


Pruning Trailing Jade Plant involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain the plant neat and tidy as well as reduce pest and disease infestations.

To encourage a bushy, compact growth for Peperomia rotundifolia, 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.

Trailing Jade Plant, Peperomia rotundifolia

Photo Credit: World of Succulents


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

Peperomia rotundifolia Problems Indoors

Trailing Jade Plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) problems indoors include brown leaf tips, dropping leaves, shrivelled leaves, wilting, leggy growth, diseases and pests among others. Keep reading for more on these problems and how to fix them.

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. Keep the plant away from cold draughts like windy doors, drafty windows, air conditioners and maintain an average warmth within the range of 15-260C.

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).

Brown, shrivelled leaves

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

Set the pot on wet pebble tray to raise humidity. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Dry, shrivelled leaves

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

Flush out the salts from the soil once in a while by running a stream of water through the soil until it comes out through the drainage holes and repeat the process several times.

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 and move the Peperomia rotundifolia to a brighter spot where it wil receive bright, indirect light or instal a grow light if the natural light is not adequate.

Wilted, discolored 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 root-rot.

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


Another common disease in Trailing Jade Plant is leaf spot disease. Isolate the affected plant and treat it appropriately for the disease.


Trailing Jade Plant is prone to scale insects, whiteflies, mealy bugs and spider mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it with Neem oil.

Is Trailing Jade Peperomia 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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