Peperomia’s are so easy to propagate, anyone can, yes you can! Soon you will have your home filled with flying saucers of happiness. There are 3 main ways to propagate; soil, water, and perlite/perlite mix. My preferred and most successful method is perlite or a perlite mix. Why? When planting directly in soil you do save the extra step of repotting but…it can be hard to regulate water. Too little water and the newly hatched roots dry out, to much water and the roots rot. I’ve found perlite is great for keeping moisture yet airy enough to prevent rot. Water propagation is a very popular method but the roots that grow in water are different from the roots that grow in soil and water propagation has the greatest chance of rot. I’ll be focusing on the perlite method
•Perlite, Nursery Pot, Cuttings, Rooting Hormone
Peperomia plants are very easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. You can just the leaf, leaf and stem or get your money’s worth and cut the leaf in half and get 2 plants out of 1 leaf.
Prep and Planting
To give the cuttings the best change, I suggest dipping them in some rotting hormone. I don’t think the brand is that important; whatever is most accessible. Then, it’s time to pot up the perlite. I run it under the sink for a bit to get the perlite nice and moist. Simply plant your cuttings, cutting down
Humidity and bright indirect light will be your friend and help establish strong roots quickly. Water by misting daily or every other day, depending on humidity and lighting. Misting will help prevent overwatering and rot.
In about 2 weeks the cuttings will start to grow roots. I know it’s hard but try and leave the cuttings alone. Once your roots start to establish themselves, little leaves of hope and happiness with start to emerge. It won’t take long before you have a whole bushel of tiny leaves. That’s the time I repot, the new plant is well on it’s way to success.
Less is more when it comes to pot size and growing a good root system. However, I am potting this up in a 4 inch nursery pot. You start with a 2 inch pot then go up. I have never had any issue starting with a 4 inch pot and it saves me the extra step of repotting in a few weeks.
Soil mixture is very important with Peperomias. They have very sensitive roots and do not like to sit in water. My go-to soil is, Happy Frog from Fox Farm. I heavily amend this with perlite and bark, about 1 part soil. This leaves the soil nice and airy and fast draining. My peperomias are all growing very happy and I have not killed from overwatering since switching to this mix.
These little plants will grow very quickly in bright indirect light. I also keep up the humidity until the plants gets more established. To give these baby roots the best chance possible; I by misting until the plant is more established.