Peperomia is enormous
by Andrew S.
(West Henrietta, NY)
I've had this plant for a few years now I think and I really like it, it's very pretty with it's big fat leaves.
Recently, it has gotten a bit top heavy. I've turned the plant so that it's 3 stalks are leaning against the bookcase that the plant is on, so that it doesn't fall over. I know I should probably do something, but I've been slacking (was out of the country, but really I'm just procrastinating).
Also, a few of the bottom leaves are changing color a bit, I wasn't sure why that was happening.
Anyway, I need to do something with it, and now it has these weird tentacles growing. They are going towards the window and are a bit creepy looking.
When I got this plant it was maybe 7 inches tall, it is currently around 15 inches tall, and if I were to measure the stalks with the tentacles, it'd probably around 25 inches.
Any clue what this plant is doing? What can I do to make it happy again?
Hi Andrew - what a beauty! Your Peperomia is totally happy with it's situation; the light levels must be perfect, and the little bit of neglect that it got while you were out gallivanting around has triggered the bloom cycle - those are the flowers that you speak of as 'tentacles'.
The only thing that I would recommend is that you start to do some judicious pruning - this will keep it from being too top heavy, and as an added bonus, you'll be able to root the parts you cut off and make more of these great little plants.
Another way to keep it more upright is to use a cache pot; a larger container that you can just stick the plant pot into to support it and give it a bit more weight.
The problem with such rampant growth, even though it's lush and beautiful, is that the plant can topple. You may want to think about repotting it in the not too distant future, although it's a shame to disturb it when it's obviously growing so vigorously - they prefer to be a tiny bit rootbound.
You can also turn the plant so that it will correct itself by leaning towards the light from another direction; a quarter turn every day will even it out nicely.
The bottom leaves are changing color because they are aging; happens to us all. You can cut these off, or wait for them to just fall off naturally.
Hope one or more of these suggestions will help your plant stay healthy and happy.
See more about Peperomia here.