Parallel Peperomia

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  • Adaptable Houseplant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 18 Inches
  • Pet Safe

An easy-going and pet-friendly plant, the Parallel Peperomia (Peperomia puteolata) is an excellent plant for the plant enthusiast and new plant parent alike. Like other Peperomia, the Parallel Peperomia is a semi-succulent, able to handle periods of drought better than many traditional houseplants. The small, pointed leaves of this plant are thick and dark green with sage-colored veins, looking much like the rind of a watermelon, whorled around a sturdy garnet-colored vine. 

Best Locations For Growing Parallel Peperomia

Thriving in bright indirect light, the Parallel Peperomia does well on a windowsill or within a bright room. This plant does well as a hanging plant as well as in a planter. Place this plant in a living room or kitchen window, or hang it in a bright bedroom. Because it is drought tolerant, this Peperomia can also be placed on a shelf or other hard-to-reach spot without the worry of having to check it daily. As a non-toxic plant, Peperomia can be placed in homes with children and pets.

Parallel Peperomia Sunlight Requirements

Like most Peperomias, the Parallel Peperomia will grow best in bright indirect light, able to handle some direct sunlight. Place this plant in a north- or east-facing window, or slightly away from a west- or south-facing window, protected from intense afternoon sunlight. Without proper light, Peperomias tend to stretch, losing their color and compact growth habit. In too bright of light, their leaves can burn. 

Parallel Peperomia Care

As semi-succulents, Peperomias do best in smaller pots, not needing to be repotted for a few years at a time. Because they are easier to overwater than underwater, excess soil around their roots can lead to root issues. When repotting is necessary, choose a pot with drainage holes that is only slightly larger than the previous pot. Repot using a well-draining soil like a cactus and succulent mix. 

Watering Parallel Peperomia

Allow the soil to dry almost completely before watering deeply, until water is coming out the bottom of the pot. Dry soil may need to be watered a couple times before it retains moisture. Make sure the Parallel Peperomia is never sitting in water. The frequency of watering will depend on lighting and temperature, so be sure to always feel the soil prior to watering. 

Feeding Parallel Peperomia 

Peperomias benefit from regular fertilizing when they are growing the most in the spring and summer. Mix a liquid houseplant fertilizer into your watering routine at least once a month during this time. Be sure to always follow fertilizer dilution instructions to avoid damaging the plant’s roots. Over-fertilizing can do more damage than not fertilizing at all. There is no need to fertilize in the winter when houseplants go mostly dormant.

Parallel Peperomia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 11-18 inches
Mature Spread: 2.5-3 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Variegated with Alternating Stripes Of Dark and Light Green
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: Above Average to High (60% - 100%)
Common Name: Parallel Peperomia
Other Name(s): Parallel
Scientific Name: Peperomia tetragona or Peperomia puteolata
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Parallel Peperomia Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Vivian Hogan on Dec 15, 2022

    I love these plants. I ordered two and they arrived in perfect condition with no damage to the leaves. I'm also glad that they are thriving after a couple of weeks--I'll place an order for more soon, I just have to find where to put them in my house! haha