Plant Care Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant

4.7 out of 5 (404 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 and Variegated Peperomia

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 located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Baby Rubber Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

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Growing Baby Rubber Plant in Phoenix right now

Light needs for plant Baby Rubber Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

September 30th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Phoenix is currently high 📈.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…

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Light needs for plant Baby Rubber Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Sunlight will decrease by 24.3% ☀️

September 29th, 2022

Phoenix is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Phoenix is expected to decrease by 24.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 15.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Baby Rubber Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 1.5 hours 📉

September 30th, 2022

This month, Phoenix is getting an average of 12.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.2 total hours of da…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Phoenix, Arizona ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Baby Rubber Plant thrive 🌿!

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.

When to repot Baby Rubber Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Baby Rubber Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

September 24th, 2022

The growing potential in Phoenix is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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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!


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Yellow Leaves

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 your location in Phoenix, Arizona, 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 190
Baby Rubber Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 132
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 9 Plants
xp 251 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 22 Plants
xp 6,080 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 23 Plants
xp 1,605 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 7 Plants
xp 445 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 184 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 31 Plants
xp 1,952 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
02/23/2022

So beautiful and easy to care for!

Survivor Survivor
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@Kali_tryin_hard
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 174 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 21 Plants
xp 563 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 36 Plants
xp 2,077 XP
01/20/2022

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

Mora avatar
@Mora
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 2,077 XP
01/20/2022

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

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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 8,667 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 30 Plants
xp 1,135 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 28 Plants
xp 1,304 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-1 102 Plants
xp 3,045 XP
globe American Fork, UT
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

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