How to Grow and Care for Peperomia Hope

Peperomia hope plant in a white pot next to a picture frame on a wood counter in front of a white wall.

The Spruce / Cori Sears

Looking for an adorable, low-maintenance houseplant? Peperomia hope (Peperomia tetraphylla) is a great choice. It is characterized by small, green, coin-shaped leaves and a trailing growth habit. The plant is a hybrid of Peperomia deppeana and Peperomia quadrifolia. It is often confused with another small, round-leaved Peperomia cultivar—Peperomia rotundifolia—also known as the trailing jade peperomia. However, these are two separate and distinct cultivars. Peperomia Hope can be distinguished from the trailing jade peperomia by its thicker leaves which grow in clumps of three or four spaced further apart along the stem.

Botanical Name  Peperomia tetraphylla 
Common Name  Peperomia Hope, Acorn Peperomia, Four-leaved Peperomia 
Family  Piperaceae 
Plant Type  Perennial 
Mature Size  8 in. wide, 12 in. tall 
Sun Exposure  Partial 
Soil Type  Moist but well-drained 
Soil pH  Acidic 
Bloom Time Spring, summer
Flower Color  Green, brown 
Hardiness Zones  10-12, US 
Native Area  Central America, South America
Close up shot of the leaves of a Peperomia hope (Peperomia tetraphylla) plant in a white pot.

The Spruce / Cori Sears

Side profile shot of a Peperomia hope (Peperomia tetraphylla) in a cream pot against a white wall.

The Spruce / Cori Sears

Peperomia Hope Care

Peperomia Hope is a tropical epiphyte with small, succulent-like leaves that enjoys plenty of moisture and bright, indirect light. Compared to other types of Peperomia, the Hope is a slow-growing cultivar. You may notice long, brown and green, spindly spikes protruding from your plant. Don’t be alarmed—these are flowers. While they are underwhelming in appearance, this is a positive sign that your plant is happy and thriving. Some growers remove the flowers in order to redirect the plant’s energy to producing more foliage. This is up to you. Overall, this trailing plant is relatively low-maintenance and perfect for beginners as it can withstand a bit of neglect. 

Light

Peperomia Hope thrives in bright, indirect light. While it can tolerate low light conditions, it may experience stunted growth, curling leaves, and faded colors. This plant also does well under artificial light, so grow lights are a great option. Avoid direct sun which will burn the fleshy leaves.

Soil

Peperomia Hope enjoys an airy, well-draining mix with a soil pH of 6 to 6.5. A combination of one part potting soil, one part perlite, and one part orchid bark is perfect. Organic additives like compost or coco peat can help increase soil acidity if needed.

Water

This plant enjoys consistent moisture and should be watered regularly during the spring and summer months. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soaking. Cut back on watering during the fall and winter, allowing the top 1 to 2 inches of soil to dry between waterings.

Temperature and Humidity

This Peperomia is sensitive to both extreme heat and cold so moderate temperatures work best.; between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.. This tropical plant tolerates a range of humidity and does well in typical household levels. Providing it with a nearby humidifier or pebble tray will help to support vigorous growth.

Fertilizer

Peperomia Hope can be fertilized monthly during the spring and summer with a diluted, balanced fertilizer. Alternatively, organic fertilizers can be added to the soil.

Pruning

Pruning is not necessary but can help control the size and shape of the plant. If you plan to prune do so in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.. Peperomia recover quite easily, and you can repurpose the stem cuttings and leaves for propagation.

Propagating Peperomia Hope

As a genus, Peperomia propagate easily with nearly every part of the little plant usable—from the stems to the leaves, and even partial leaves which can sprout pups. Follow these steps to propagate Peperomia Hope from stem cuttings and leaf cuttings. 

Propagating from Stem Cuttings

  1. Using a pair of clean scissors or pruning shears, take a stem cutting that has at least two to three nodes. A node is where the leaves grow from the stem.
  2. Remove the leaves on the bottom 1 to 2 nodes, and place the cutting in a jar or vase filled with water. The exposed nodes should be submerged with the leaves above the surface.
  3. Place the cuttings in bright, indirect light and refresh the water once a week. Roots should begin to grow within a couple of weeks.
  4. Once the roots are 2 to 3 inches long, the cutting can be transplanted into soil. Prepare a small pot with well-draining potting mix and moisten it slightly. Plant the rooted cuttingsl and place them back in bright, indirect light. 

Propagating from Leaf Cuttings

  1. Take a few leaves from your Peperomia plant and prepare a small pot with pre-moistened potting soil.
  2. Press the cut end of the leaf slightly down into the soil.
  3. Keep the potting soil evenly moist and place the pot in bright, indirect light. Eventually, you will notice small pups sprouting from the base of the leaves. This usually takes longer than rooting stem cuttings.

Potting and Repotting

Peperomia Hope doesn’t need to be repotted frequently—every one to two years is usually sufficient. Roots circling the pot or growing out of the drainage holes are signs that your plant is ready for repotting. Choose a new pot 1 to 2 inches larger than the previous pot, and move the plant into its new home. The plant has a delicate root system, so use care to avoid breaking roots.. 

Common Pests & Plant Diseases

Sap-sucking pests like mealybugs, scale, and aphids love the fleshy leaves of Peperomia Hope. Fungus gnats also enjoy the moist soil. Check the leaves and soil of your plant regularly to catch potential infestations early. The Peperomia Hope isn’t particularly prone to any diseases, but root rot can result from excessive watering and poor soil drainage.

Common Problems With Peperomia Hope

For the most part, Peperomia Hope are easy-going houseplants that are relatively problem-free. The following common problems are most often a result of improper watering or light and can usually be resolved by improving growing conditions.

Curling Leaves

If leaves are curling, this is likely due to inconsistent watering or a lack of light. Try moving your plant to a brighter location and keeping the soil more evenly moist.

Leggy Growth

Lack of light can cause your plant to become leggy, with its leaves spaced far apart on the stem. Move your plant to a brighter location. 

Brown Spots on the Leaves

Brown spots on leaves can be a result of overwatering, over-fertilizing, lack of humidity, or pests. Evaluating your plant’s growing conditions and checking thoroughly for pests is the best way to determine what to do to prevent further damage

FAQ
  • How do I make my Peperomia Hope bushy?

    Over time as Peperomia Hope grows, its stems begin to trail and it can lose its full appearance. The best way to make your plant bushy again is to propagate some stem cuttings and place them back in the pot to fill out the base of the plant.

  • Is Peperomia hope toxic to cats and dogs?

    All plants in the Peperomia genus are considered non-toxic to cats and dogs according to the ASPCA.

  • Should I mist my Peperomia Hope’s leaves?

    Many growers recommend regularly misting to increase humidity around the plant. However, it's best to avoid spraying water directly onto the leaves. If you need to increase humidity, place a humidifier nearby or move your plant into a naturally humid room such as a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room.

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  1. Trailing Peperomia. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.