One of the easiest members of the family to care for, peperomia Clusiifolia Ginny, has the most wonderful and colorful leaves.
It goes by many names, most capturing its beautiful essence: rainbow peperomia, rainbow radiator plant, red edge peperomia, and peperomia tricolor.
Taking care of a Peperomia can sometimes be a love-hate relationship. Peperomia clusiifolia Ginny is more forgiving, so you really shouldn’t have issues with it. The most common mistake is giving it too much water.
The Peperomia clusiifolia variegata is widely spread in the tropical and subtropical regions of Southern America and is the variegated variety of the “Red edge” Peperomia. This plant goes by many other names, such as Peperomia Ginny, Jelly, and Tricolor. These terms are attributed to the unique foliage of this plant.
The leaves of the Peperomia ‘Ginny’ are thick and succulent-like and are decorated by streaks of green and bright cream to yellow variegations. The common name Peperomia ‘Jelly’ comes from the texture of the leaves and their color. The variegated leaves are accentuated by a unique pink to red blush on the margins of the leaves. The ensemble of this plant makes for a quirky accent in your collection.
Plant name: Peperomia clusiifolia variegata
Common names: Ginny Peperomia, Peperomia Jelly, and Peperomia Tricolor
Native to: Tropical regions of South America
Lighting: Needs very bright, indirect light.
Care: Can tolerate and thrive under low humidity and prefers soil to dry out in between watering.
Common problems: Root and leaf rot, as well as occasional infestations of mealybugs, spider mites, white flies, and fungus gnats.
Toxicity: Considered non-toxic
How To Care For Peperomia Clusiifolia Ginny Plant
- Bringing the plant home
- Light conditions
- Toxicity Information
- Pests and other common issues
Bringing the Plant Home
The broad leaves and thick stems of this plant can attract a few pests, so make sure you check the plant for any presence of infestation and treat it accordingly.
Isolate your Ginny for a week or two to see if it has any problems, disease, or pests you missed when you first brought it home. You don’t want to risk them spreading on your other plants. Some growers opt for treating new plants with pesticides even if there are no signs of them. This is entirely up to you.
As a rule of thumb, avoid repotting any new plant for a while, even if the pot is tight. It will need time to adjust to its new home, and repotting is stressful.
How Much Light Does Peperomia Ginny Need?
This plant enjoys very bright, indirect light.
Unlike many other varieties of Peperomia, Ginny can withstand a bit of light with stronger intensity. The “jelly-like” leaves prevent the plant from becoming too dehydrated from strong light. Despite this, the plant will appreciate being away from direct sunlight as the leaves may get a bit damaged.
Good lighting is the key to maintaining a vibrant-colored Peperomia ‘Ginny.’ The ideal spot would be near a window where it can receive full and soft morning light to keep the margins of the leaves colored.
If your windows are south-facing and you can only receive afternoon light, place your plant a few feet away from the window where it can still receive bright light or protect it from too much light by putting up a curtain.
Peperomias do well under grow light too. If you have a special spot in your home for your plants and they are under a grow light, your Peperomia ‘Ginny’ will do just fine. It may lose some variegation under artificial light.
A sufficient amount of light will also help your plant produce inflorescence typical of a Peperomia, characterized by a long spadix that can range from being light green to white.
How to Water Peperomia Clusiifolia?
While most peperomias aren’t true succulents, Ginny is one of those that can be considered one. Because the leaves and stems of Peperomia clusiifolia are succulent like, the plant does not need too frequent watering. The leaves store water, and this makes the plant relatively tolerant to dry conditions. The roots are particularly susceptible to rotting if overwatered.
Let the soil dry between watering. It can stay dry a little, but don’t let it be completely dry for too long.
Keeping the soil moist all the time (overwatering) will hurt this plant as it can develop root rot.
Both bottom watering and watering from the top is good for this plant. Just avoid getting the leaves wet.
When watering, water thoroughly and let the excess water drain out of drainage holes.
Distilled, filtered, or rainwater is best; tap water is OK too. If using tap water, let it sit overnight to reach room temperature.
Different peperomias have different watering needs, so if you purchased more, do give our watering guide a read: How often to water peperomia plants.
Humidity and Temperature
Peperomia clusiifolia ginny tolerates low humidity much better than most peperomias. So you don’t have to stress about humidity levels if you are growing this plant.
It will grow well under the normal humidity of your household. If you increase humidity a little around it, though, the plant will appreciate it.
Keep your plant away from cold drafts or areas with poor airflow. These are susceptible to cold damage so move them away from cold windows in winter.
You don’t need to mist peperomia clusiifolia Ginny, you might even attract fungal issues on the leaves.
This plant is natively used to warm temperatures. It will thrive best if the temperature is kept at around 65 to 80°F (18 to 28°C). It can tolerate even higher temperatures provided that the humidity around it is a bit high.
Cleaning and Pruning your Peperomia Ginny
This Peperomia does not need too much pruning. The only time it is necessary to prune is when there are signs of diseases or unhealthy stems and leaves.
You can also prune the leaves if you want to keep your plant as compact as possible.
Healthy trimmings can always be used for propagation, so go ahead and don’t be afraid to prune your plant.
The slightly broad and concave leaves of the Peperomia ‘Ginny’ tend to accumulate dirt residue over time. Wipe the leaves clean using a cloth dipped in a solution made with mild soap and water (or just water). Be careful as you go about it as you can easily snap off a leaf by accident.
How Often to Fertilize
Your Peperomia ‘Ginny’ will grow well even without a regular fertilizing routine. Nevertheless, a bit of it will not harm your plant.
Unlike many other houseplants which benefit from a regular feeding routine, you can easily overfertilize this plant, so less is more.
Occasionally fertilize, use less fertilizer than indicated by the manufacturer (half the dosage), and use it less frequently (if the instructions say once per week, use it once per month or so).
Stop fertilizing your plants during winter. Peperomias clusifollia as other peperomias tend to go dormant during this time and will not be able to use the extra nutrients if you fertilize it.
When to Repot a Peperomia Ginny?
Peperomia ‘Ginny’ is a slow grower so you won’t need to repot it very often. When you notice the plant is getting too big for its pot (becoming rootbound), repot it.
With proper care and good conditions, you can expect to repot and get a slightly bigger pot in 2 or 3 years or more. When choosing a pot for your Ginny, keep it to at least 2 inches larger as a big pot will need more soil and will retain more moisture than needed.
Repot your plant in spring or early summer to replenish the nutrients in the soil and avoid the soil being too compact.
Potting mix for a Peperomia Ginny
The most important thing to remember when choosing the right potting mix for a Peperomia ‘Ginny’ is that it should not hold too much moisture for a long time.
The roots of this plant are not very extensive and act very similarly to succulents. The leaves and stems store water for the plant enabling it to live longer in drought. Keeping the soil too moist will only cause root rot. Your best bet is to use a recommended cactus potting mix and add a bit more perlite to make the medium airier.
The roots of this plant prefer an airy potting mix as this somehow mimics its native growing conditions of being an epiphyte. If you prefer coconut chips or wood bark over perlite, go ahead and add a bit of it!
How to Propagate Peperomia Ginny
Propagating Peperomias can be done using three different methods: 1) leaf cuttings, 2) stem cuttings, and 3) root division. Unlike propagating peperomia watermelon, this one can’t be propagated from half a leaf.
The more common method is using cuttings. When choosing which leaf or stem to use as a propagation, pick a healthy leaf with a good length of the stem. Use a clean pair of scissors or carefully snap the leaf from the main stem. Allow the petiole to dry out a bit before planting it in the soil. This will help prevent pathogens from invading the exposed tissue and cause the leaf propagation to rot.
You can dip the tip of the cutting in a rooting hormone before planting to hasten the process. After planting your cuttings, lightly water the potting mix. Roots will form faster if the conditions are optimal. By this, we mean giving the plant a good consistent amount of high humidity and lighting. Cover your cuttings with clear plastic or acetate, which will keep the set-up moist.
Expect the cuttings to root in about 6 weeks after planting.
Is peperomia clusiifolia ginny safe for cats, dogs and humans?
Almost all species of Peperomia are known to be non-toxic including the Peperomia ‘Ginny’.
Pests and diseases to expect on Peperomia Clusiifolia Ginny
The most common issue you might encounter when it comes to Peperomia Clusiifolia Ginny is related to overwatering and over misting. This will eventually lead to root or leaf rot if uncontrolled. Too much water stuck on the leaves will soften the leaf and allow fungal pathogens to attack this point.
Signs of root rot include weak stems and droopy and yellowing leaves. Although, yellowing can also be caused by underwatering.
Despite being quite resistant to pests, the plant is still sometimes attacked by pests such as mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, white flies and fungus gnats.
Fungus gnats and whiteflies feed on the roots of your plant and can cause stunted growth whereas mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites absorb the nutrients and moisture from the stems and leaves of your plant. Manage these pests by regularly checking on your plant and using your preferred insecticide.
One factor which attracts these pests is the lack of humidity. Since your plant can survive low levels of humidity and thrives well in low soil moisture, they can be targeted by these pests.