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Propogate Your Peperomia: Creating a New Houseplant Using a Trimming

Jacob has always had a bit of a green thumb and started growing houseplants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peperomia plants, as seen here, are great for beginners and can be easily propagated in a few basic steps.

Peperomia plants, as seen here, are great for beginners and can be easily propagated in a few basic steps.

I Started Growing Houseplants During the Pandemic

I’ve always had a bit of a green thumb since I was a child. I remember enjoying helping my mother plant a small vegetable garden in our backyard each summer while I was growing up. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and I suddenly found myself with an abundance of free time and an insatiable “nesting” instinct to make my home cozier, I did what many other Americans did and decided to get some houseplants to fill up some of my free time.

I found a website that shipped already potted plants straight to your door, which was perfect for me because I was starting from scratch and didn’t have any planters, potting soils, or pretty much anything you would need when deciding to start working with plants. I picked a few different varieties of plants that did well in indirect light and a minimal amount of care, which is about all I could really offer.

Deciding to Trim and Propagate My Peperomia

One of the plants that seemed to grow best in my house was a peperomia plant. This leafy green plant seemed to be very hearty, tolerating a decent amount of unintentional neglect on my part. There would be times when several weeks would pass when I forgot to water my peperomia. Even though the leaves would start to get droopy when this happened, a good watering was all it would take for this houseplant to spring back to life and even sprout a few new leaves. After a year, my plant was growing so well that it started to get too tall for the shelf I had it placed on.

I decided I wanted to trim some of the leaves off of my peperomia to reduce its height, and I wondered if I could use the opportunity to create a brand new plant out of a trimming. I did a little bit of research and discovered that I could indeed propagate this plant using a piece of my existing plant. Here’s exactly what I did to successfully create my “baby peperomia” plant.

Choose a spot where your plant naturally branches to make your cut, such as the one indicated by the red arrow.

Choose a spot where your plant naturally branches to make your cut, such as the one indicated by the red arrow.

Identify a Good Spot on Your Peperomia to Create Your Trimming

Picking the part of your plant you wish to use as your cutting is an important first step in the propagation process. Do any parts of your plant seem overgrown or out of proportion? These sections can be a great candidate to use as a trimming. The best place to cut through the stem of your plant is where it naturally branches or splits off into a leaf. You’ll want to make sure your trimming will be at least 4”–6” tall once removed from the plant, and I find that my trimmings are most successful when they have at least 2–3 large leaves near the top.

Choose a sharp knife to slice through the stem of your peperomia, and make sure your water container is tall enough to hold your trimming.

Choose a sharp knife to slice through the stem of your peperomia, and make sure your water container is tall enough to hold your trimming.

Use a Sharp Knife to Make a Clean Slice Through the Plant Stem

Once you have identified the part of your plant you want to remove, you will want to find a sharp knife to cut through the stem. Do not use scissors or other dull cutting objects, as these can damage the stem and prevent your trimming from thriving. A kitchen knife, utility knife, or even a sharp pocket knife will do just fine.

Make your cut diagonally through the stem at the spot you have determined to remove the trimming from the plant. At this point, you can also use your knife to remove any excess leaves on your trimming, although you want to make sure at least a couple of large leaves remain for the next step in the process.

Place your trimming in water for 4–8 weeks to allow new roots to grow. Be sure to top off the container if the water level gets low.

Place your trimming in water for 4–8 weeks to allow new roots to grow. Be sure to top off the container if the water level gets low.

Prepare Your Trimming and Place It in Water

After you have your trimming, place the plant cutting immediately into a container of water which will allow for most of the stem to be submerged. It is very important that you do this immediately because if the stem is allowed to dry out, the plant cutting will die.

Once you have placed the peperomia trimming in water, place it in an area with indirect sunlight, like a countertop or window sill. As you are waiting for roots to grow, keep an eye on the water level in your container. You will want to top it off to keep the stem mostly submerged throughout the rooting process.

Once New Roots Have Grown, Your New Peperomia Plant Is Ready!

After 4–8 weeks, you should see a nice set of roots growing out of the bottom of your peperomia trimming. When you see several roots that are at least 1/2” long, your “baby peperomia” plant is ready for its new home. Plant your peperomia in the container of your choice using a good quality potting soil, and be sure to water weekly for the first several months as the root system of your new plant becomes fully established.

By following these steps, you can reproduce your peperomia houseplants as many times as you wish. A house plant that you’ve propagated can make a great gift, and it’s fun to be able to share “sister plants” with friends and loved ones. If you’ve never tried propagating a plant, the peperomia is an easy plant to start with. Try it and see for yourself how fun and easy the process really is.

Peperomia plants are very popular house plants for beginners, and by following these simple steps, you can easily create new "baby" plants for yourself or to give as gifts.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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