Plant Care Red Ripple

Red Ripple

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Red Ripple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Red Ripple

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!

Taxonomy

Peperomia caperata
Peperomia
Piperaceae
Piperales

Also known as

Emerald Ripple Peperomia, Emerald Ripple Peperomia and Peperomia Quito

How to care for Red Ripple

💦 Water

How often to water your Red Ripple

Water needs for Red Ripple
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Ripple 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 Ripple

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Emerald Ripple Peperomia in your home

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

Red Ripple 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 Red Ripple in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Red Ripple

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Red Ripple 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 Emerald Ripple Peperomia →

Common Emerald Ripple Peperomia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Red Ripple 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.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Water Frequency →

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Red Ripple 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 🏡.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Light Requirements →

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Red Ripple 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.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Red Ripple 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.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Red Ripple 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!

Best Soil Mix for Emerald Ripple Peperomia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Emerald Ripple Peperomia →


💩 Fertilizer

Red Ripple 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 Emerald Ripple Peperomia →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Red Ripple 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

Red Ripple is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Red Ripple bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Red Ripple grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Emerald Ripple Peperomia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Red Ripple can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Emerald Ripple Peperomia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Red Ripple 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 Red Ripple, 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 Red Ripple

Red Ripple

Red Ripple


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

Red Ripple has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 89
Red Ripple has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 75
Red Ripple has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 42
Red Ripple has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 28
Red Ripple has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 24
Red Ripple has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 18
Red Ripple has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 8
@PerkyPlantGirl avatar
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leaf-1 30 Plants
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globe Stillwater, OK
03/05/2022

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
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leaf-1 39 Plants
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globe Wheaton, IL
02/15/2022

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

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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Leawood, KS
01/13/2022

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
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL
01/11/2022

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
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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01/07/2022

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
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

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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globe Dinuba, CA
12/19/2021

It’s truly a beautiful plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
@KaylieS avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Leawood, KS
12/09/2021

Least favorite peperomia. Never seems happy.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Sacramento, CA
10/06/2021

So cute and easy to care for!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Munno Para, South Australia
09/27/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 10 Plants
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09/24/2021

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
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globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
09/16/2021

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
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 135 XP
09/13/2021

Great hardy plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Princesshev avatar
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leaf-1 47 Plants
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09/02/2021

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
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globe Mount Prospect, IL
08/27/2021

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
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leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 284 XP
08/22/2021

So darn cute and puts up with my neglect 😅

Survivor Survivor
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globe London, England
08/17/2021

Love this unusual plant!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Pasadena, CA
08/16/2021

Sooooo pretty

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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07/21/2021

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

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 13 Plants
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07/14/2021

Has been slowly dying, going to repot with better soil

Browns easily Browns easily

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