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How to Grow Peperomia Obtusifolia: Baby Rubber Plant

Updated on September 26, 2011

Peperomia Care

Peperomia obtusifolia, also called the baby rubber plant, is a very easy plant to grow. They have thick, glossy, rounded leaves. The leaf color is often dark green with burgundy on the stems. They grow short, no more than a foot usually, and have a spreading/clustering growth habit. This species as well as many other peperomia are easy to propagate from stem cuttings. All of mine were grown that way. Peperomia obtusifolia is also non-toxic.

Plant in a light, rich potting soil with good drainage. Keep the plants moist, only allowing the top 1/2 in of soil to dry out, during the warmer months. In the winter the soil can be allowed to dry out completely between watering, but not for extended periods of time. They are native to the dense tropics of the Americas and can thus take full shade. They can also be grown in bright, indirect light. Mine receive three hours of sun a day. For maximum growth fertilize once every 2 weeks during the spring and summer.        

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      Brandon21 5 years ago

      Usually this plant spreads from the base and will have multiple stems that help support each other. If one stem starts to topple over you can stake it, but I would prune it back to ecourage bushier growth.

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      Lorraine 5 years ago

      I believe mine has reached its growth potential and is falling over. Should I stake it?