Nov 10 , 2019
Peperomias are my FAVE plants to grow in water, mostly because they grow those super cute little leaves under water.
I’ve experimented with a few Pep types so far and can report that Emerald Ripple (and similar) and Raindrop/Polybotrya (pictured) produce smaller baby leaves whereas Watermelon & Obtusifolia peps produce much larger and taller baby leaves.
A few tips if you want to try this yourself:
- Peperomias can be propagated from stem, leaf & tip cuttings. To propagate from a stem, snip anywhere along it (with enough length for it to be able to sit in water) and submerge the end in a vessel filled with water. Check google for tips on other methods
- Leave your cutting in medium to bright indirect light, and change the water once a fortnight or when it goes murky
- Be patient. It takes around a month for the first sign of roots, and longer for leaves to grow. This is three months of growth in this photo
- You can add a tiny bit of seasol or rooting powder to the water to speed up the process but it’s not essential
- Propagation is a game of chance. Not every cutting will take so take multiples to increase your chance of success. Rotting does not equal failure. It’s just Mother Nature doing her thang
- They can’t live long term in water - the longest I’ve had one in water was 5 months before it started to rot. Transplant them to soil when this happens (or sooner)
- They’re ready for soil once their roots are a few cm long. Bury the roots in soil (use a tiny pot) & leave the mother leaf and baby leaves on top. You can use a toothpick for support. The mother leaf will eventually die off once all its nutrients have been delivered to the new growth. You can snip it off when this happens
- I grow mine in clear glass because I like to spy on the roots but opaque vessels work just as well (after all, roots grow in soil). They slip out of these round vases very easily by the way!