You are now officially invited to my peperomia party. What can be better than that? I know, add kitties and doggies into the mix too. Why? Because peperomias are one of the best non-toxic indoor plants.
Told you I could make it better.
Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, finding interesting pet safe plants can be tough. I personally like interesting leaves, and once I became more familiar with peperomia, I realized I had been missing out on the plant world’s understated models.
Completely non-toxic, the petite peperomia wins the prize for awesomest leaves. A bigger perk is their durability. It’s not a secret cats and dogs can act like a hot mess, so this is a quality pet-owners appreciate in plants.
Knocked over by cat? No problem.
Thrown to floor by dog? No biggie.
Elbowed accidently by human? These guys are troopers.
They don’t grow very big, so it’s easy to begin collecting a Peperomia Army (you know, for the apocalypse). Here are a few of the most common varieties that can be easily purchased in stores:
Baby Rubber Plants (Peperomia obtusifolia)
Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia)
Red-edge / Rainbow Peperomia (Peperomia clusiifolia)
Silverleaf Peperomia (Peperomia griseoargentea), photo by The Fox Den
Jayde Peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya)
Ripple Peperomia (Peperomia caperata)
Keeping Them Happy
I have all of my peps in simple ceramic white pots. They really are sharp in mid century modern pots, or artisan painted pots. Begrudgingly, they will tolerate planters sans drainage holes but that is not ideal. Really, peperomias prefer a light amount of moisture; water sitting in the bottom of a planter leads to root rot and dropping leaves. And there goes that plant army…
Actually, Peperomias are not technically succulents, despite the chubby leaves. A native of Brazil, they belong to the Piperaceae family. Bright locations with non-direct sunlight is best, like behind a sheer curtain. They hate hot, direct sun – this scorches leaves, leading to sad blotches then partially dried bits that looks rather unsightly.
A snazzy tip: rotate plants every week so they don’t end up lopsided. Like all indoor plants they grow towards the light, so keeping them rotated on a regular basis keeps everyone happy.
Stay tuned for more installments on specific families of pet safe plants, and more important, go out and get some peperomias!