Common Name: Parallel Peperomia
Botanical Name: Peperomia puteolata
The Peperomia parallel has stems that are like the latest rose-colored designer leggings you wish you had now! And the leaves, well, all you need to do is see them or feel them to understand that they mean design business! This relentlessly, hard-to-disappoint houseplant will only give up when you do, so don't! These easy-to-care-for houseplants are very tolerant and can handle various conditions, making them an excellent option for an inexperienced or forgetful plant owner. Like all Peperomia plants, the Frost variety requires indirect light, so they do best in a north- or east-facing window or in the center of a room with a lot of natural light.
Peperomia parallel prefers bright indirect light. It is best to place this type of light near a south- or west-facing window or very close to a north- or east-facing window. Be sure the foliage is protected from the harsh afternoon direct sun rays, as direct sunlight will cause leaf scorch or discolor the leaves. This plant can tolerate medium light but become weaker and leggy, producing fewer leaves in low light. Learn more about light requirements for indoor plants.
Water your Peperomia parallel every 1-2 weeks during the growing season and reduce how often you water your plant when it's cooler outside. You should use room-temperature water and avoid any water that is too cold. Overly cold water could shock the plant!
Peperomia parallel prefers a well-draining soil mix that lets the water flow freely throughout the pot's drainage holes. Try for a pH range between 6.0 and 7.0. You can use a soil pH testing kit to determine if the pH level is within this range.
Peperomia parallel will thrive most in temperatures between 65°F (18°C) and 80°F (18°C to 27°C). It is crucial that the temperatures do not fluctuate too much to promote its overall health. Do not expose this plant to temperatures that are below 50 degrees, as that can damage the plant.
This plant prefers humidity levels that range from 50% to 60%. High humidity levels help replicate a Peperomia parallel plant's natural habitat. To increase humidity levels, you can mist the plant, group plants together, use a humidifier, or provide a tray with water and pebbles.
This plant is not a heavy feeder, however, fertilize your Peperomia parallel plant approximately every two to four weeks during the growing season. Reduce or pause fertilization during the fall and winter months. You should use a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer with a ratio equal to nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (10-10-10 or 20-20-20). This will provide your plant with the right amount of nutrients.
Your Peperomia parallel plant can reach a mature height of around 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm). However, please note that the height reached truly depends on factors such as its growing conditions and the care it is given.
Pet Friend or Foe
Peperomia parallel is considered non-toxic to pets! Friend!
- Place your Peperomia parallel near a window that faces north or east.
- Be sure you are not overwatering your Peperomia parallel plant. For this plant, it is better to underwater it then to overwater.
- You should repot your plant when it becomes root bound or every 2-3 years.
- We suggest that you wipe the leaves of your plant carefully with a damp cloth to keep the leaves clean and dust free!
- This plant is slow growing, so it is important to be patient!