Plant Care Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant

4.7 out of 5 (400 experiences)

Baby Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Baby Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Baby Rubber Plant

The species name, Obtusifolia, means 'blunt leaves' and refers to this plant's rounded, glossy green foliage. Peperomia fruits and seeds have traveled one of the longest distances ever recorded, over 3000 miles to an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, while stuck to a bird's feet! 🦅

Taxonomy

Peperomia obtusifolia
Peperomia
Piperaceae
Piperales

Also known as

Pepper Face, Variegated Peperomia, Peperomia Scandens Variegata Cupid and Peperomia Obtusifolia 'Albomarginata'

How to care for Baby Rubber Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Baby Rubber Plant

Water needs for Baby Rubber Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Baby Rubber Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Baby Rubber Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Baby Rubber Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Baby Rubber Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Baby Rubber Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Baby Rubber Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Baby Rubber Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Baby Rubber Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Baby Rubber Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Browse #Peperomia
💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Baby Rubber Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Baby Rubber Plant →

Common Baby Rubber Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Baby Rubber Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Baby Rubber Plant Water Frequency →

Baby Rubber Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Baby Rubber Plant may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Baby Rubber Plant Light Requirements →

Baby Rubber Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Baby Rubber Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Baby Rubber Plant Toxicity to Dogs →

Baby Rubber Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Baby Rubber Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Baby Rubber Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Baby Rubber Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Baby Rubber Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Baby Rubber Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Baby Rubber Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Baby Rubber Plant to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Baby Rubber Plant is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Baby Rubber Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Baby Rubber Plant grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Baby Rubber Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Baby Rubber Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Baby Rubber Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Baby Rubber Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Baby Rubber Plant, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Baby Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 244
Baby Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 188
Baby Rubber Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 131
Baby Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 79
Baby Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 18
Baby Rubber Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Baby Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
@Jubjub0000 avatar
@@Jubjub0000
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 106 XP
05/21/2022

i love this plant its a great starter plant and a fun one to grow :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@poolside avatar
@@poolside
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 383 XP
04/08/2022

This is a variegated baby rubber plant—“golden gate”! It’s so cute and seems to thrive no matter where I put it.

@PremiumAlula avatar
@@PremiumAlula
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Freehold, NJ
03/30/2022

Looks pretty and tropical!

@LovingSunnyAZ avatar
@@LovingSunnyAZ
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 7,562 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
03/15/2022

Hardy slow growing plant that has lush green leaves. ❤️☀️🌱

Survivor Survivor
Gracie avatar
@Gracie
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Greensboro, NC
03/13/2022

I love pot

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@VaJunebug avatar
@@VaJunebug
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 1,664 XP
03/12/2022

Easy plant for a beginner.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lexie avatar
@Lexie
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 933 XP
globe Eau Claire, WI
03/11/2022

Easy to take care of but doesn’t like direct light

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@Planti28 avatar
@@Planti28
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 191 XP
03/07/2022

Super easy to take care of

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Mischelalaa avatar
@@Mischelalaa
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 2,565 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
02/23/2022

So beautiful and easy to care for!

Survivor Survivor
@kali_tryin_hard avatar
@@kali_tryin_hard
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 273 XP
globe Washington, DC
02/04/2022

- great first plant
- really doesn’t need a lot of water
- loves spring + summer time; can get sad in the winter
- no growth during the fall-winter season
- loves a deep 24 hr soak (watering from the bottom and letting the plant take what it needs) however be sure the soil too can properly evaporate afterwards and do the soak during the spring months
- susceptible to sunburn (like most plants) but be very careful during summer months midday - I almost lost her to extreme sunburn but some of the little leaves hiding underneath survived and were able to thrive

Survivor Survivor
@UnsulliedLentil avatar
@@UnsulliedLentil
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,073 XP
01/25/2022

Very slow growing. Easy to take care of. Love the variegated leaves.

Survivor Survivor
@ZealMorombe avatar
@@ZealMorombe
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 1,823 XP
globe Peoria, AZ
01/21/2022

Super easy plant and so cute!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@mora avatar
@@mora
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 2,239 XP
01/20/2022

Easy to take care of it. Makes sure it has plenty of sun!!!

@mora avatar
@@mora
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 2,239 XP
01/20/2022

Easy to take care of it. Makes sure it has plenty of sun!!!

@BoozyBillsBabe avatar
@@BoozyBillsBabe
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 9,015 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/17/2022

Sensitive to too much light, leaves will burn if they receive too much direct light

@Mirmsplantitas avatar
@@Mirmsplantitas
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 175 XP
01/10/2022

She a lil dramatic but low maintenance

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Emily avatar
@Emily
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 138 XP
globe Davistown, New South Wales
01/07/2022

Loves indirect sunlight. I’ve had mine for a few months and he loves his little spot on my dresser.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@monstera_mash avatar
@@monstera_mash
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 2,214 XP
globe Chicago, IL
01/05/2022

once it hits its stride, these things just do Not stop growing, and the variegated leaves are gorgeous

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@jeanbpdx avatar
@@jeanbpdx
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 2,419 XP
globe Portland, OR
01/01/2022

So cute and tolerates whatever, even when I get lackadaisical about watering.

Survivor Survivor
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

Medium to slow growth but absolutely gorgeous leaves! I have mine in ~65% humidity with grow lights and an inch of spagnum moss covering the soil and she seems to be happy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

Trending in your area

Similar to Baby Rubber Plant

Discover rare plants