Peperomias

How To Care for a Peperomia Hope

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The Peperomia Hope (Peperomia Tetraphylla) is native to Central and South America and is another great option for low-maintenance houseplants. The Peperomia Hope has small, round, and green colored leaves, that will trail as the plant continues to grow. The Peperomia Hope is similar to the Trailing Jade Peperomia (Peperomia Rotundifolia) however, it can be distinguished by its thicker leaves that tend to grow in clumps along the stem in groups of three or four.

Photo of Peperomia Hope plant by author. Plant is sitting on windowsill.
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The Peperomia Hope has small, succulent-like leaves that enjoy plenty of moisture and bright, indirect light. Unlike other variations of peperomia, the Peperomia Hope is a slow grower. The plant will still trail as it grows, you may just notice the growth of the Hope is slower than the growth on a raindrop, for example.

Looking for a care guide for the Raindrop Peperomia? Check it out here!

Overall, this plant is great for beginners, as well as those who want to expand their Peperomia collection.

Bright, Indirect Light

Like nearly all tropical houseplants, the Peperomia Hope enjoys bright but indirect sunlight. It can tolerate low-light conditions, but its growth may become stunted. Likewise, too much direct light can burn the coin-shaped leaves. The Peperomia Hope will do well under a grow light as well.

Regular Watering Schedule

The Peperomia Hope enjoys being watered regularly. Try to keep the soil consistently moist, not allowing the soil to fully dry out between waterings. The Peperomia Hope can endure a bit of neglect when it comes to watering and will need less water in the fall and winter, but the Peperomia Hope will be happier with a consistent watering schedule.

65-80 Fahrenheit + Average Humidity

Like most tropical houseplants, the Peperomia Hope will do best in temperatures between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The Peperomia Hope will tolerate different levels of humidity but will be its happiest when placed near a humidifier. I use this humidifier from Amazon and recommend it.

Acidic Soil

The Peperomia Hope enjoys a well-draining soil mix that is a bit acidic. A soil pH of 6 to 6.5 is ideal. Your regular indoor potting mix will do just find for your Peperomia Hope, but if you’d like to personalize it a bit, consider mixing one part potting soil, to one part perlite, and one part orchid bark. For your potting soil, choose a cactus potting mix as this will ensure it is well-draining.

Diluted Liquid Fertilizer

Peperomia Hope will only need to be fertilized during the growing season, which is Spring and Summer. A diluted liquid fertilizer or organic fertilizer added directly to the soil can be used.

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Fungus Gnats, Aphids, Mealybugs, Oh My

As an indoor plant, the Peperomia Hope will be susceptible to indoor pests such as mealybugs, scale, and aphids. Fungus gnats are also more common as consistently moist soil will attract them. Peperomia Hope isn’t prone to many diseases but can suffer from root rot if overwatered, or placed in a pot with poor drainage.

What’s Wrong with my Plant?

Leggy growth indicates a lack of light. Leaves that are spaced far apart on the stem are an indicator that your Peperomia Hope requires more light.

Brown spots on the leaves can indicate overwatering, over fertilizing, lack of humidity, or pests. Take a moment to fully check out your Peperomia Hope to help narrow down what might be the cause.

Curling leaves indicate inconsistent watering or a lack of light. This is easier to rectify as moving your plant to a brighter location and being more consistent with your watering will return the Peperomia Hope back to its normal state.

Pet Safe?

According to the ASPCA, all species of Peperomia are toxic to cats and dogs. Keep this in mind when you consider purchasing one and where to place it in your home.