Hi! You love your plants. These leaves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with some species having leaves smaller than a dime and others as large as a baseball. Hmm, are they yellowing or just dropping? Usually, soil that is rich in organic matter provides enough nutrients for healthy growth. These like bright but indirect light (like a few feet from a window) and keep it ever so slightly moist. First I want to thankyou for all the information you have about pets and indoor plants. Should I prune the chewed leaves or leave them alone? Hi Julie! The radiator plant is another name for peperomias. Peperomia Plant Toxicity to Cats and Dogs. Mine is called a teardrop peperomia. The unimpressive flowers don’t have any scent. It’s on the same shelf as a couple Rex begonias who are thriving, and also a red maranta who thrives as well. If you care and treat your radiator plant well, you will get rewarded with flowers in late summer or early fall. Peperomia griseoargentea has silvery-green rippled leaves. One of the interesting features of peperomias is their variation in look. Sometimes, reducing watering can be enough to control fungus gnats. I just want her to be safe. Bright locations with non-direct sunlight is best, like behind a sheer curtain. You may find that your peperomia becomes leggy if the light is insufficient. Repotting your peperomia every few years has its advantages if you want to care for them properly. I’ll be adding more posts on propagation for each variety soon (it’s not one-size-fits-all), but in the meantime you can go through my step-by-step guide for propagating Watermelon Peperomia, which is super easy. Peperomias are a type of flowering tropical houseplant that produces flowering stems. One of the reasons why many peperomia species are so popular is that they also tolerate low-light conditions. All you have to do is pinch off the ends of stems to remove the first set of leaves. Peperomia nitida (cupid peperomia) is an ideal specimen for hanging baskets, with heart-shaped leaves edged in cream on trailing stems. There are too many types of peperomias to list in this article. Hi Yen, probably a change in temperature. Providing cat grass will help with their need for green. Learn how your comment data is processed. Peperomia perciliata. Toxic Principles: Non-toxic. Is this the age of the leaf or too much light? Cut as low as you can the stem and remove it, the you can propagate them following my instructions. I have! I love them! To care properly for your peperomia, you should avoid sudden changes in temperature. Actually, Peperomias are not technically succulents, despite the chubby leaves. Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog! 🙂. Sometimes the combination can be downright deadly. Such an informative blog! Depending on the species, roots should appear from around 2 – 3 weeks. i have a few peps myself and continuing to add (through trade only) lol. Peperomia caperata ‘Rosso’ has green textures leaves which are reddish brown underside. Refer to this guide if you start gardening or use them at home. Avoid watering your peperomia if the top layer of soil is still damp. Toby I believe “peperomia santorini” is a more green variety while “peperomia rosso” is a more metallic and silver coloring on the leaves. Peperomias are just as easy to propagate as they are to care for. Peps should also never get cold. The flowering stems may only be 2” or 3” (5 – 7.5 cm) tall. Prune off all the diseased foliage and then discard it. But it could also be underwatered. As long as they have good warmth, humidity and bright light they certainly can! It could be too much light or overwatering. Cats and plants don't always mix. The peperomia magnoliaefolia variegata is the most popular among the group. Signs of waterlogged soil that result in diseased roots are wilting leaves and black spots on stems. In the picture: peperomia orba`Variegata`. Radiator plants are excellent for novice and experienced plant lovers as they are easy to grow and prune. Regular potting mix that has peat and perlite helps to ensure proper soil moisture levels. That’s the raindrop peperomia. Peperomia rotundifolia (Trailing Jade) has green round and fleshy leaves. A member of the succulent group of plants, this little plant, reminiscent of cacti, originates from South Africa and is safe for cats and dogs. Have you heard of peperomia columella? Others have deep veins, stripes, variegated blotchy patterns, or plain shiny green colors. It is producing new leaves and it’s also flowering like crazy. Hi Sarah! It’s just another common name, they are they same plant. Printable PDF Many homes contain houseplants or other natural materials to add beauty and interest to the décor. Perfect for growing in terrariums, small pots, and hanging baskets or as a ground cover, Peperomia Japonica is another climbing small green-leafed variety, with red or green stems. They are handsome, adaptable plants grown for … But some of its older leaves are very faded. To ensure that your specimen grows healthy and produces lush leaves, you should remember a few things. Thoughts? You can try cutting off any healthy growth and starting over by placing the cutting it in water until roots form. ‘Jayde’. Exotic Angel® Plants. Later in the article, you will find top tips on pruning your peperomia to keep its attractive appearance. Thank you so much! Also, if you buy peperomias from a garden center in winter, protect them from the cold when you transport them home. Thankyou 😊. Thanks! Other signs of too much water are yellowing leaves, wilting stems, or rotting stalks. Fungal diseases, gnats, mites, and mealybugs can affect peperomia plants. Hi, is the RED TWIST Peperomia safe for cats? The little card that came with the plant showed a ‘do not eat symbol’ on it. Some peperomia are sensitive to temperature or weather changes, and can just start to decompose if they are not happy. Image by Arpon Pongkasetkam. Black leaf spots could be due to infectious diseases such as Cercospora, Rhizoctonia, or Phyllosticta. Repot the plant in a new container with loamy, peat-based potting soil. As long as the varieties require similar moisture levels and sunlight, planting them side by side in the same pot will also help increase humidity. Wow that was unusual. This type of peperomia plant ranges between 5 to 8 inches. The dark green leaves have a crinkled look and grow on bright red stems. There are also peperomias with trailing stems that make attractive hanging baskets. Ripple peperomias, one of the more popular species, have puckered and ruffled foliage. Initially, a bot will ask questions to determine the general nature of your concern. Im afraid to water it because I’m afraid it may be root rot. Average room temperature is the right environment for your peperomias to thrive. HI Alie, If the stem is mush, it may be a goner, and it was probably from inconstant watering. I’m glad they are pet safe, as our cat Aries, likes to explore and chew, on new additions to our household. Can I grow baby rubber plant in a hanging basket? Handpick the Peperomia Plant – You Have a Choice! Some species are more compact than others, and some types have a bushier appearance. See more ideas about Plants, Cat safe plants, Dog friendly plants. Water the soil thoroughly until the water drains out the bottom. If the plant has thin leaves, then you will need to mist them regularly to keep up moisture levels. As a rule of thumb, wait until the top 1” – 2” (2.5 – 5 cm) layer of the soil in the container is dry. Hi Ivan – It is! Peperomia metallica var. I would cut these off and just keep watch. Peperomia rubella has red-purple stems with green foliage. The common name “radiator plant” seems to come from the fact they like warm air and sunlight. Also, repotting helps to improve drainage and makes it easier to care for your houseplant. I love these little plants! Family: Piperaceae. Jasmine (Jasminium species). You will also learn about some of the most popular types of radiator plants, such as the peperomia watermelon. The leaves of peperomia are often a deep emerald green, but many species feature intricate markings and patterns in silver. Do you have some advice? It has good light humidity and soil conditions is not under or over watered. Remember to check soil dryness every week or so. As an animal-lover and plant hoarder, I created Leaf & Paw to provide information, inspiration, and thoughts about my two favorite things. Most plants don’t need high humidity and grow well in average room temperature of 65°F to 75°F (18°C – 24°C). You love your cat. Scientific Name: Peperomia griseoargentea. Peperomias thrive when they get plenty of indirect sunlight or grow in bright places. I have researched quite a lot about it but, I do have some unanswered questions: How do I know if my Pep is being over/under watered? According to ASPCA, this grass, also known by other common names are Golden, and Fishpole bamboo is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. -Anne-Marie. Make sure that you don’t have them in on a south-facing windowsill. Green Ripple Peperomia (Emerald Ripple Peperomia, Little Fantasy Peperpmia) | Scientific Names: Peperomia caperata | Family: Piperaceae Greenbrier (China Root, Ti-hu-ling, Shiny Leaf Smilax, cat brier) | Scientific Names: Smilax glabra | Family: Liliaceae Your email address will not be published. Plant database entry for Peperomia (Peperomia japonica) with 5 images and 26 data details. Some say that peperomia flowers look like vertical pink rat’s tails with tiny flowers on it. Peperomia are very easy to propagate, too. Most species of peperomias don’t need high humidity to thrive in indoor environments. These guys are troopers. Really, peps prefer a medium amount of moisture; water sitting in the bottom of a planter leads to root rot and dropping leaves. Peperomia obtusifolia is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Water on every occasion the soil has dried out completely. Hi Kathi! Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats. The leaves are obvious on pinnacle and crimson underneath. Peperomia japonica is a very small peperomia plant growing only a few inches tall. I’m not sure what type of sun you are keeping it in, but medium, non direct sunlight is best, in a warm location. If you’re well versed I’d love some feedback if there’s a way to get a photo to you! I haven’t seen these in the States at all but they’re such a unique plant! As with any plant, too many nibbles could result in stomach upset, so always watch if your cat is eating your plants. The one good thing about flowers on a peperomia plant is that they are a sign of healthy growth. Staghorn Fern. These easy indoor plants only need enough sunlight and occasional watering to grow well. You helped SO much! The absolute minimum temperature that peperomias withstand is 50°F (10°C). Trim the leaf stem, so that it has a diagonal cut. Peperomia Hederifolia. © 2020 Leaf and Paw. Peperomias have succulent type leaves that can store moisture. For the most part, yes, at least the peperomias most commonly seen in garden centers and greenhouses. It does produce lots of young leaves in the lower levels as well. Colombiana dazzles with tricolored foliage of bronze, silver, and red. Peperomias aren’t toxic to pets (such as cats and dogs) or humans. Let’s look at a few of these reasons why your peperomia looks like it is dying. It has v-shaped, “windowed” leaves that develop from a pink stem. But this type of Peperomia is perfectly safe to have in your home. Peperomia houseplants have modest care requirements when it comes to repotting them. Thanks! Platycerium bifurcatum. Peperomia propagation is usually done by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings in springtime or early summer. Julia Wilson is a cat expert with over 20 years of experience writing about a wide range of cat topics, with a special interest in cat health, welfare and preventative care. Transferring to a larger pot and changing the soil helps to provide enough nutrients for the plant. The frequency of watering depends greatly on your room temperature. Plants Which Are Non Toxic To Cats – Non Toxic Plant Index ... American rubber plant (Peperomia obtusifolia) Angel’s tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) Anthericum comosum (Chlorophytum comosum) ... japonica) Forster sentry palm (Howea forsteriana) Fortunes palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) Good luck! Can I email to you? (peperomia) Phalaenopsis spp. Also called the Emerald Ripple Radiator Plant, this attractive radiator plant has glossy green leaves with striking red undersides. I get a small percentage of those sales so I can keep creating awesome content for you. Hi Jennifer! Because these babies are one of the best non-toxic indoor plants. Peperomia orba has smooth glossy green leaves. Any signs I can look for to decide which route to take?? They don’t grow very big, so it’s easy to begin collecting a Peperomia Army (you know, for the apocalypse). Thea japonica Thimble cactus Thorn apple Ti hu-ling Tiger orchid Toad spotted cactus Torch lily Tous-les-mois Trailing peperomia Tree cactus Tree gloxinia Tropical moss True cantalope Tu fu-ling Tulip poplar Tulip tree Turban squash Turf lily. Is the Peperomia dolabriformis (small succulent) safe for cats? Your peperomia plant will thrive when it’s fertilized regularly with a 20-20-20 fertilizer containing equal parts of nitrogen, potassium and iron. Houseplants: Safe and Toxic Varieties. Hi Colleen, Peperomia glabella is still a part of the Pipericeae family and thus should be safe for cats. Free peppies either way! As an indoor houseplant, peperomia plants don’t grow more than 12” (30 cm) high. If you notice black leaf spots, isolate the plant from other houseplants. If it is pushing out growth that quickly, it’s common for older leaves to shed. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, finding interesting pet safe plants can be tough. Most likely the greenhouse you purchase it from had perfect lighting which is why the color was so pronounced, and that light is hard to replicate at home. Stunted growth, mold under leaves, or small black flies from the soil are signs of pests. If you notice mealybugs that look like white bugs, use a natural neem oil insecticidal spray to remove them. Peperomia caperata is a type of radiator plant with glossy green leaves. Because I don’t have any Peperomia dolabriformis near me I can’t be 100% sure, but I would be safe to assume they are safe for cats. They hate hot, direct sun – this scorches leaves, leading to sad blotches then partially dried bits that looks rather unsightly. Another small-leafed variety, Japonica has cool textured leaves and is an especially good variety for terrariums. It’s not a secret cats and dogs can act like a hot mess, so this is a quality pet-owners appreciate in plants. Be sure to sterilize your pruning scissors before and after pruning to prevent spreading infections. Peperomia graveolens, This shrub-like succulent is best for “filler” in your arrangements! I had the same issue but my plant had multiple healthy leaves left. Mainly the roots help to treat fever and aerial parts for dressing wounds. I have a pep that is very young and tiny. 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