Baby Rubber Plant, Blunt-Leaved Peperomia, etc.
Peperomia obtusifolia var. variegata ‘Golden’
Peperomia obtusifolia (L.) A.Dietr. is the correct and accepted name for this species of Peperomia. It was described by Albert Gottfried Dietrich in Species Plantarum, Edition 6, in 1831. It was described by Carl Linnaeus as Piper obtusifoliumin Species Plantarum in 1753.
The genus, Peperomia Ruiz & Pav., was named and described by Hipólito Ruiz López and José Antonio Pavon in Florae Peruvianae in 1794. Plants of the World Online lists a WHOPPING 1,341 accepted species in the Peperomia genus (as of when I updated this page on 3-4-19). The numbers change…
I bought this Peperomia obtusifolia var. variegata ‘Golden from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in 2012 while I was living at the mansion in Leland. The tag said it was an Exotic Angel selection which is a division of Costa Farms. Peperomia obtusifolia var. variegata is “NOT” an officially recognized infraspecific name. There are several infraspecific names listed but they are all synonyms of Peperomia obtusifolia.
<<<<2013 NOW IN MISSOURI>>>>
I sold the mansion in Leland and dad asked me to move back to the family farm in mid-Missouri. So, in February 2013 I moved back. I gave up around 200 pots but kept most of my succulents and a few other plants.
We were all glad when spring came so the plants could go back outside.
Origin: Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico down through mid South America
Zones: USDA Zones 10A-12 (30-50° F)
Size: 12” or so
Light: Light to part shade
Soil: Fast-draining. Potting soil amended with grit, perlite or pumice.
Water: Average. Likes soil constantly moist, but not wet. Water when the top of the soil is almost dry.
Propagation: Leaf and stem cuttings.
Peperomia flowers aren’t known for their beauty but they are definitely unique.
Although considered a succulent plant, they have different growing requirements than most succulents. Since their native habitat is in rainforests, they prefer a peaty, organic potting mix that remains somewhat moist but not wet. They should be watered once the top part of the soil dries somewhat. They do not like wet soil, only somewhat damp.
Many Peperomia species are grown as houseplants for their ornamental foliage and most do not grow larger than 12” tall. Most of their flowers, although unique, are not pretty. I kept wondering if this was a bud or the flower.
They like humidity, but misting is not necessarily needed unless they are in a dry environment during the winter. You can place the pots on shallow pans or plates with pebbles with water added to add humidity. I could have easily placed pebbles under this Peperomia and kept water in the “saucer” which would have added humidity for the plant.
With age, Peperomia will sprawl somewhat so I staked the plant up to keep it upright. Funny how I find something I was looking for in some of these older photos. I had forgotten I brought cuttings of the Schlumbergera truncata (Christmas Cactus) when I moved from Mississippi. Here they are in this photo…
I gave up most of my plants shortly after the above photo was taken then had to start my collection all over again.
I took plants to Wagler’s Greenhouse on September 13 and found several other plants to bring home. Among them was this Peperomia obtusifolia var. variegata. It had no label so who knows what cultivar is. It is highly likely the original plant the cuttings are from came from Lowe’s. Just guessing…
Cool temperatures were coming so I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter.
This plant attracted a mild case of scale over the winter and is currently undergoing treatment. Other than that, it is doing fine.
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