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Variegated Teardrop Peperomia

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Peperomia orba 'Variegata'

Overview

Uses: Indoor Plant, Patio Plant, Outdoor Plant (in appropriate tropical climates)

Benefits: Air purifier—removes toxins and VOCs from the air. Non-toxic—safe for areas that children and pets can access. Variegated evergreen succulent that provides beauty all year. Convenient size.  

Zones: 10 - 12

Sun: Light Sun to Partial Shade

Life Cycle: Perennial 

Mature Height: 6"

Mature Width: 6"

Bloom Season: Rare. Intermittent. 

Summary

The Variegated Teardrop Peperomiaalso commonly referred to as the Variegated Lime Pixie Peperomia, Variegated Peperomia, and the Peperomia Variegatais a succulent-like flowering plant in the family Piperaceae. 

This easy to take care of and versatile houseplant is best known for its large, thick, waxy variegated leaves and narrow, spiked white flowers. 

Growing up to around 6" tall and about just as wide, this nontoxic live plant is perfect for a variety of locations.

Care

Variegated Teardrop Peperomia Care

How to Water a Variegated Teardrop Peperomia

We suggest watering an indoor Peperomia orba 'Variegata' once a week, possibly less in the winter.

It's best to give this plant water when the top half of the soil in its pot is dry.

Avoid overwatering and do not allow this houseplant to rest in standing water.

Too much watering will result in the wilting and yellowing of stems and leaves, eventually followed by root rot should the wet conditions persist.

This plant stores water in its leaves and is considered to be drought resistant; however, too little water will initially result in the browning of branches and leaves, eventually followed by death should the dry conditions persist. 

What is the Best Humidity for Variegated Teardrop Peperomia?

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' does best in areas with normal to high humidity. 

We suggest misting this plant every other day during periods of low humidity.

Use caution when misting as too frequent or heavy misting may cause fungal issues.

The typical indoor humidity of a house should likely be fine, but in situations of low RH, one can supplement humidity with a pebble tray or humidifier if they so desire.

How Much Sun Should I Give My Variegated Teardrop Peperomia?

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' often do best in areas where they receive a slight amount of weak direct light, a slight to moderate amount of bright indirect light, and lots of shade.

Avoid placing this plant in areas that receive extended periods of direct sunlight. Too much bright indirect light may also cause negative issues. 

These plants may be placed in a very shaded section of a house for months without negative issues, especially over winter months.

Too much shade will cause negative growth related issues and potential death.

What Temperature Is Right for Variegated Teardrop Peperomia? 

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' requires warmer temperatures and will likely die if exposed to extended periods of temperatures of 50°F or cooler.

It's best to keep this plant in temperatures above 55°F to ensure its beauty and the integrity of its growth; however the optimal temperature range of this houseplant is between 60°F and 85°F.

As such, this plant is thrives outdoors year round in USDA zones 10-11, and may or may not survive living outdoors over winter in USDA zone 9.

What Type of Soil Does Variegated Teardrop Peperomia Like?

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' prefers nutrient rich, loose, well draining soil with a very mildly acidic to neutral PH. 

Our potting soil or something similiar would be a great choice.

What is the Best Way to Fertilize a Variegated Teardrop Peperomia?

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' should be fertilized regularly between mid-spring and early fall, and will likely not require any fertilization over the winter unless it is exposed to enough light and the proper temperatures to encourage its winter growth.

It's considered a light feeder so we suggest using a balanced liquid fertilizer or fish emulsion that has been diluted to 50% strength to decrease the potential of overfertilization/burning. 

Our slow release fertilizer is also a great option. Be careful not to overfertilize. 

Trimming and Maintaining a Variegated Teardrop Peperomia

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' is a slow growing plant and won't require too much maintenance or trimming other than the removal of brown and/or dead leaves.

It's best to use a sharp knife or trimming scissors for any pruning requirements.

Ensure that the tool used for plant maintenance is cleaned prior to use to minimize the spread of illness or disease. 

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' can be pruned in various ways to encourage different growth patterns. 

If a bushy and leafy plant is desired, it's suggested to trim the flowers as soon as they emerge. Lower leaves can be pruned to encourage taller growth.

We suggest fertilizing after any extensive pruning of live plant material.

It's best to prune during spring and early summer to allow time for regrowth prior to winter. 

Repotting a Variegated Teardrop Peperomia

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' are slow growing and don't have extensive root systems, so they won't require repotting too often. They often thrive in pots that appear too small for them.

The best method for determining if your Peperomia orba 'Variegata' requires repotting is to check and see if roots are coming out of the drain hole at the bottom of its pot. You'll know it's time to pot up if you see any of them.

Propagation of Variegated Teardrop Peperomia

The propagation of Peperomia orba 'Variegata' is easily accomplished by placing a cutting in a glass of water or a pot of moist/wet soil, possibly with a slight amount of liquid fertilizer and/or rooting hormone (although neither are necessary).

Change water as required to maintain its cleanliness.

It's best to provide propagation cuttings with ample light, but to keep them out of strong, direct sun.

You'll want the cutting to be of one leaf with approx. 1"-2" of stem.

Roots should begin to emerge from the cutting after 2-3 weeks, at which point the plant should be placed in soil that is kept slightly moist until the plant becomes established. Leaving the cutting in water/wet soil for too long after the establishment of roots will cause rotting and death.

Size

What Size of Variegated Teardrop Peperomia Do You Sell?

We ship our Peperomia orba 'Variegata' in 4" grow pots. They will be appropriately sized for their pots.

How Big are Variegated Teardrop Peperomia When Fully Grown?

The size of Peperomia orba 'Variegata' when fully grown usually does not exceed 6" of height and 6" of width, making them great live indoor plants for a variety of locations.

Additional Information

Common Names of Peperomia orba 'Variegata'

  • Variegated Peperomia

  • Variegated Lime Pixie

  • Variegated Pixie Peperomia

  • Peperomia Variegata

Risks and Toxicity of Variegated Teardrop Peperomia

Peperomia orba 'Variegata' is non-toxic to both people and pets. Since it's an air purifying plant, it actually lowers the risk of toxicity within a space.