Peperomia (pep-er-ROH-mee-uh) are phenomenal indoor succulents, even for beginners. While most are tropical vines, a subset of the genus is succulent. Even in the tropical jungles of Central & South America, thick, water storing leaves help them survive as epiphytes, nestled among the trees. Many also have translucent leaf windows that help them tolerate low, indoor light! Read on for helpful succulent care tips.
Different types of succulents can have particular needs, so be sure to consult the care info on each variety's page. In general, succulents need plenty of sunlight, rapid drainage, and deep but infrequent water.
Gradually acclimate your succulent to brighter sun over the course of one to two weeks after delivery. Sunny window sills, grow lights, and partial outdoor sun can help a succulent show its most vibrant pigments and maintain a healthy, compact form.
SOIL / DRAINAGE
Re-pot your succulent into a container with a drainage hole. Use a gritty, well-draining soil to prevent rot. Many thick-leaved succulents grow well in rocky soils like Bonsai Jack Gritty Mix. You can also make your own by mixing a bagged cactus & succulent soil from the garden center with an equal volume of mineral grit, e.g. pumice, perlite, or coarse sand.
All succulents are adapted to drought and are prone to rot if watered frequently or left in damp soil. Only water when the soil is completely dry AND the leaves start to feel more flexible. When you do water, most succulents want a deep drenching (enough that water runs out the pot's drainage hole). Pay close attention to any seasonal dormancy listed in a given variety's description. Succulents should be left dry during their dormancy period.