Peperomia dolabriformis help?

by Erin
(Marietta, Oklahoma, USA)

I have been looking all over (and even asked in a forum) how to propogate Peperomia dolabriformis. At this point I have nothing. I am not even 100% sure if it falls into the succulent category, as I have seen it listed either way. Do you have any helpful info on how I can start a new plant from mine? It is around 6 inches tall and has been putting on quite a few new leaves in the last few weeks. I have it indoors in a windowsill and water it when it gets dry and it seems to be doing well. I would like to be able to start a new plant for a friend, but am clueless on how to do that. Thanks!

Hi Erin, luckily, these are renowned as some of the best plants for beginners to learn on, as they seldom fail.

Having said that, here are a few tips on how to go about rooting your cutting: Use a sharp razor blade to cut one of the stems about halfway down - for the best (most successful) rooting, the cutting should be just like the beds in Goldilocks and the Three Bears tale; not too soft, not too hard, but just right. If it's too soft, it could just rot before rooting, if too hard it might not root at all, as the roots can't emerge from the stem.

If you're of a mind to, you can use some kind of rooting hormone (use the lowest number you can find - something with less than 1% IBA) but that's not really necessary.

For Peperomia, I might be inclined to use some kind of cover for it, such as a plastic bag. For more of my tricks and tips, buy the book:

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