Plant Care Red Luna

Red Luna

4.4 out of 5 (191 experiences)

Red Luna has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Red Luna has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Red Luna

This species of Peperomia is known for its uniquely textured leaves and dark, moody coloring. The fruits of Peperomia plants are very sticky, so they can be easily picked up by animals passing by. Their fruits and seeds have traveled one of the longest distances ever recorded for a plant, over 3000 miles to an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, all while stuck to a bird's feet 🦅. They're very closely related to the same plants that produce black pepper, and their fruits have a similar peppery taste!


Peperomia caperata

Also known as

Emerald Ripple Peperomia, Emerald Ripple Peperomia and Peperomia Quito

How to care for Red Luna


How often to water your Red Luna

Water needs for Red Luna
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Luna 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 Red Luna

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Emerald Ripple Peperomia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Luna: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Red Luna 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.

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How to fertilize Red Luna

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Red Luna: 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 Red Luna after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Red Luna 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Red Luna

Red Luna

Red Luna

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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

Red Luna has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 89
Red Luna has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 75
Red Luna has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 42
Red Luna has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 28
Red Luna has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 24
Red Luna has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 18
Red Luna has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 8
Perkyplantgirl avatar
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 2,404 XP
globe Stillwater, OK

It’s so fun to watch these beautiful plants start to create their inflorescences and bloom for you! They’re fairly easy to grow as long as you monitor their moisture levels and don’t give them too intense of light. Super giving plant!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Sightlykale avatar
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 1,868 XP
globe Wheaton, IL

I loved the way this plant looked but sadly nothing I did seemed to help him. He wilted and died pretty quickly.

Kaylies avatar
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 8,336 XP
globe Leawood, KS

He hated me. I hated him. We consciously uncoupled. No matter how much love I gave this little guy, it wasn’t enough. Least favorite pep.

Browns easily Browns easily
Bjoyce avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,128 XP
globe Orlando, FL

This plant is fine. It’s very easy to take care of. I’ve moved it around to several areas in my home with varying levels of light and humidity, and it’s just continued vibing.

Fast grower Fast grower
Lauren621 avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 112 XP

This guy is super cute and started off strong, but after doing the same thing for a couple months, he’s slowly been wilting and dying. I think this type of plant would do best in a window that gets a super lot of light, and I just don’t have that in my house.

Browns easily Browns easily
Bjoyce avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,128 XP
globe Orlando, FL

Love the leaves. It’s been kind of tough to find the right spot, but it lets you know when it needs something without just dying overnight so that’s nice

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Dinuba, CA

It’s truly a beautiful plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Kaylies avatar
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 8,336 XP
globe Leawood, KS

Least favorite peperomia. Never seems happy.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Bailey avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 453 XP
globe Sacramento, CA

So cute and easy to care for!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Leashie91 avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 293 XP
globe Munno Para, South Australia

I haven’t had mine for long. But seems hassle free, good for pets. And just look at those leaves!

Survivor Survivor
Esthergrace avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 577 XP

A small cute plant, is very lush and nice. i think it’s so cute that when by a window all of the leaves will turn to face the sun, and when u turn it you get a nice bushy plant 🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 960 XP
globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria

So Pretty! Hasn’t browned one leaf since I have had it. I don’t have it in direct sunlight (it’s in the middle of my dining table in a fish bowl). And it looks fake, I promise it’s real but it looks like plastic! Love it

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Raiderade avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 135 XP

Great hardy plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Princesshev avatar
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 1,905 XP

So easy to look after! If the leaves start dropping a little just water it and it will be revived the next day! So many new leaves growing all the time and she’s starting to bloom flowers now that it’s spring so precious!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 6,960 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL

Lovely lovely plant. 10/10 recommend. Just be careful of overwatering

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Theshortloudone avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 284 XP

So darn cute and puts up with my neglect 😅

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,695 XP
globe London, England

Love this unusual plant!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Adlaremse avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 90 XP
globe Pasadena, CA

Sooooo pretty

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Smokinaura avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 310 XP

I’m trying to still figure out what he likes, droops a lot

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Sezza avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,081 XP

Has been slowly dying, going to repot with better soil

Browns easily Browns easily

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