The Enchanting Raindrop Plant

Peperomia polybotrya, also known as the Raindrop Plant, will effortlessly grace your houseplant collection with its glossy green leaves. This compact plant, with its thick, heart-shaped foliage, is perfect for smaller spaces. Native to Colombia and Peru, the Raindrop Plant grows to a modest height of around 12-15 inches, making it an ideal choice for any setting.

Taking Care of Peperomia Polybotrya

Lighting Requirements

The Raindrop Plant thrives in bright indirect light and prefers warm temperatures above 60F. While it enjoys some direct sunlight, it is essential to exercise caution. Eastern exposure windows, where the morning sun is gentler, provide an ideal environment for this plant. Alternatively, a spacious Northern exposure window will also suffice. However, avoid exposing the plant to excessive direct sunlight from Western or Southern exposure windows, as it may cause the plant to become leggy. To promote optimal growth, place your plant right in front of a window.

Fertilizing Routine

Throughout the growing season, apply an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer to your Raindrop Plant. However, refraining from fertilizing during the winter months when growth slows down or halts is crucial. For my houseplants, I rely on Dyna-Gro Grow, an exceptional premium fertilizer containing all the necessary macro and micro nutrients for healthy plant growth. By adding 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water each time I water, I ensure consistent and robust growth. This method eliminates the need to remember the last time I fertilized and has yielded splendid results.

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Watering Guidelines

Allow the soil of your Raindrop Plant to dry out almost entirely before watering again. Ensuring proper drainage is crucial, so be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole and allow excess water to drain away. Avoid leaving your plant sitting in water, as it increases the risk of rot. The fleshy leaves of this plant store ample moisture, emphasizing the importance of nearly complete soil drying. Before considering watering again, allow at least the top half of the soil to dry out. However, do not delay watering for an excessive amount of time after the soil has completely dried out, as it may result in yellowing leaves and a leggy appearance.

Soil Requirements

A well-drained soil mix is essential for the Raindrop Plant’s thriving. While some plants tolerate various soil conditions, this plant demands precisely the right soil composition. To achieve this, I mix 2 parts Espoma Organic Cactus Mix with 1 part Bonsai Jack’s 1/4″ Pumice, which creates a sharply draining blend. This mix is particularly suitable for Peperomia plants and should not be overlooked. When I initially grew this plant from cuttings, I made the mistake of planting it in straight cactus mix. Although it seemed fine for a while, during the winter, one of the cuttings rotted at the stem on the soil line, despite being in a small terra cotta pot. Fortunately, I managed to salvage it by removing the rotted part of the stem, re-rooting it in water, and replanting it in the correct soil mix. Emphasizing the need for proper drainage cannot be overstated, making a blend of 2 parts Espoma Organic Cactus Mix and 1 part Bonsai Jack’s 1/4″ Pumice highly recommended.

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Raindrop Peperomia or Pilea Peperomioides?

At a glance, the Raindrop Peperomia and Pilea Peperomioides may appear similar, but they possess distinguishing features. Observe the photo below to notice the pronounced tip at the very end of the Raindrop Peperomia leaf, absent in the Pilea Peperomioides leaf.

Propagating Raindrop Peperomia

The Raindrop Peperomia is easily propagated through either water or soil propagation methods. Springtime offers the best chances of success, so if possible, avoid propagating during the winter.

Water Propagation

When opting for water propagation, ensure that your stem cutting possesses a couple of leaves, and submerge one or two nodes in water. Nodes are the points where leaves join the stem. Simply remove the bottom leaf and ensure that this portion of the stem is underwater. Change the water regularly (at least once a week) to maintain freshness and prevent rotting. When potting up your cuttings, employ the previously mentioned soil mix and choose a small pot. Resist the temptation to choose a larger pot, as these plants prefer snug quarters, and smaller pots facilitate quicker drying of the soil.

Soil Propagation – Stem Cuttings

Alternatively, you can use soil propagation by dipping the stem cutting in rooting hormone and inserting it into a small pot of soil. To increase humidity while the plant roots, place it in a clear plastic bag, ensuring that the leaves do not touch the bag. Bamboo stakes can be inserted into the pot to separate the cutting from the bag. Keep the plant away from direct sun during this rooting phase to avoid scorching. Maintain moist soil (not wet), and remove the plastic bag once the cuttings have successfully rooted and begun growing.

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Soil Propagation – Leaf Cuttings

Although I have not personally tried this method, it is possible to propagate the Raindrop Plant using a single leaf. Cut the leaf horizontally through the middle, ensuring that each half of the leaf is dipped in rooting hormone before being inserted into a moist potting mix. For this method, the plastic bag technique described earlier can be employed, and the bag should be removed when plantlets emerge from the soil. This method promises an enjoyable propagation experience.

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