Advantages of Propagating Peperomia
Peperomia is probably the easiest plant to propagate. You absolutely do not need to be an experienced gardener to do propagation successfully and have a beautiful new plant. Peperomia is a sturdy plant that is quite easy to take care of for a beginner. Most types of Peperomia plants have thick leaves that store a lot of water and nutrients in it. This is why the leaves of Peperomia can be successful succulents! Why Peperomia leaves make great succulents?
As we mentioned before, the thick leaves of Peperomia stores a lot of water and nutrients that are a must for a plant. When you cut a succulent, it no longer has nutrients and water from the root, so it uses its own storage water and nutrients to grow new roots. But before propagating Peperomia, make sure that your plant is healthy and has no diseases. Only a healthy plant can be propagated and give great results!
Stem and Leaves Method
Probably one of the most popular methods to propagate Peperomia is to cut stem or leaves. This way is not difficult by itself. But you need to know a couple of things to do it successfully. First of all, for the propagation of Peperomia to be successful, you need to choose a certain time to do that. The best time to do it is when plants in a growing period of the year, usually it is summer or spring. During fall or winter Peperomia usually sleep and do not grow. They only are storing water and nutrients for their growing period. So make sure that the time that you chose to propagate Peperomia is right. When the time is right, make sure that you chose the right leaf or stem to cut. Leaf and stem needs to be fully grown and healthy without discoloration or visible diseases.
Process of Propagation
To propagate Peperomia, you will need a clean and sterilized knife or cutting scissors. Also, you will need airy soil and pot for cuttings to be planted. Also, you will need an empty plastic cup or a bag. First of all, prepare a pot with soil that is moist and watered a little bit. When sterilizing your knife or scissors, it is necessary because by cutting your Peperomia plant with unsterilized tools, you can transmit a disease to a healthy plant.
If you decided that you are going to try a stem method, choose the right stem. Choose a stem with three or four leaves and cut it right before the bottom leaf. Now, remove leaves that are in the bottom and leave the only couple of leaves at the top. New roots will grow from the places there bottom leaves where.
For the leaves method, you also need to prepare a pot with moist soil and clean tools for cutting. Cut the leaf where it connects with a stem. With the leaves method, you need to be quick. Pot leaves in the moist soil. To keep a root growing process successful, we recommend you make a tiny greenhouse. Cut holes in a plastic bag or a bigger plastic cup and cover your planted leaves with it. This way leaves will be humid, warm and the root growing process will be shorter. You can remove the greenhouse when roots are fully grown.
Another great method for Peperomia propagation is a water method. Basically, cut the stem the same way as we mentioned above, but in this method, you do not need soil. Just fill a glass with water and place it in the water. But makes sure that not the whole plant is placed in water. Only those places there leaves where removed needs to be in the water.