Peperomia obtusifolia ‘Baby Rubber Plant’
If you want to give your indoor space a lush, tropical feel, look no further than Peperomia obtusifolia ‘Baby Rubber Plant’ where the dark green, succulent-like leaves are the main attraction!
Though its common name is ‘Baby Rubber Plant,’ it’s not to be confused with rubber plant (Ficus elastica). It’s part of the large Peperomia genus. Obtusifolia means ‘blunt-leaved, which is in reference to the fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves.
This plant is native to Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since Peperomia obtusifolia’s native habitat is in tropical rainforests, it does best in locations that mimic its natural environment. It prefers humidity and bright, indirect light (like a bright, steamy bathroom). You can mist the leaves or use a pebble tray with water under the plant. As the water evaporates, it will generate natural moisture and increase humidity in the air. It will also keep your plant from getting root rot or wet feet. Keep out of prolonged and intense sunlight as this can burn the foliage. Peperomia obtusifolia needs a moderate amount of water (once every one to two weeks) and in the winter, you can let the soil dry out more between waterings. Make sure the soil is rich, organic, and well-draining, as this species does not do well if overwatered. If you start to see yellowing leaves, this could be an indication of overwatering. The ideal growing temperatures indoors is 65-75°F, and no lower than 50°F.
Peperomia obtusifolia will bloom on occasion, but the small, white-green flowers aren’t showy. Overtime, the upright stems can develop a trailing habit, which makes them ideal for use in hanging baskets or on shelves. With the right care, they can grow 12”H x 6-12”W.
This is a great, low-maintenance house plant that was a recipient of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s also pet-friendly.