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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Houseplants

Trending Tropicals® Collection: Meet Raindrop Peperomia

It’s hard to resist the charming foliage of Raindrop Peperomia. Deep green, shiny, and shaped like a fat raindrop on your windowpane, this plant’s succulent foliage will brighten any room in your home. Plus, this new member of our Trending Tropicals® collection is super easy to grow. All you need to do is to place in a spot that gets bright, indirect light and water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. 

Native to South America, Raindrop likes cool, humid conditions with temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F. Because it evolved on the jungle floor it prefers a bright spot with filtered light. Direct sun can burn the leaves.

Water only when the soil surface is completely dry to the touch. These plants are easily overwatered because their thick leaves are designed to store moisture so err on keeping your plants on the dry side. To keep your plant in optimal condition, feed it with some liquid houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer. Don’t feed in the fall or winter.

As your plant matures it may decide to reward you with a crop of fragrant, slender, greenish-white blooms. After the flowers fade just snip off the dead blooms. With good care, Raindrop will grow 12 to 15 inches tall. If you need to repot in fresh soil, look for a rich, well-drained potting mix designed for African violets. 

Raindrop peperomia is a great plant to use anywhere you need a cheery pick-me-up. They just naturally bring a smile to your face so place them where you’ll see them frequently. A bedroom, bathroom, office, or entry are great spots for one of these spirit-lifting beauties. Kids will love them, too because their thick leaves are so touchable. 

If you like Raindrop's shiny round leaves, you'll also love Pilea Sharing plant. 

 

Written by:
Doug Jimerson

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