Discover how to care for a Trailing Jade plant.
Peperomias might lack the theatrical stature of, say, a Monstera
or a Fiddle Leaf Fig
. Still, their compact intertwining habit and cute chocolate button-sized leaves make them especially appealing for those of us lacking in floor space. For houseplant lovers whose only option is to grow up, the Trailing Jade plant (Peperomia Rotundifolia
) is an excellent choice. It looks fabulous spilling out of a hanging basket
or cascading down a bookshelf. Nab yours here.
Native to South America, the Trailing Jade is an epiphyte, thriving in the dappled light of a rainforest canopy or weaving its way between rock cracks and the forest floor detritus.
Common names include Trailing Jade, Round Leaf Peperomia, Jade Necklace and the evocative Creeping Buttons. It was originally described by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus but was reclassified in 1815 as Peperomia Rotundifolia by the German botanist Carl Sigismund Kunth, which translates as 'resembling round leaves'.
There are thought to be between 1,300 and 1,600 species in the Peperomia genus; however, some are at risk in the wild as deforestation fragments and destroys their natural habitat, particularly in Mexico
How to care for Peperomia rotundifolia
Light: A bright or semi-shaded position, out of view of direct sunlight.
Water: Peperomia Rotundifolia is a succulent, storing water in its fleshy green leaves. With this in mind, minimal watering is best, particularly in winter, as a Peperomia is particularly susceptible to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out before watering, but if you notice the leaves wilting, you've left it too long!
Peperomias require soil with a light, open structure that has good drainage. In Jane Perrone's popular house plant podcast On the Ledge
, Peperomia expert and national collection holder, Sally Williams, reveals she grows her Peperomias in two parts peat-free general purpose potting mix, one part orchid bark and one part perlite.
Humidity: Though not essential, Trailing Jade plants enjoy a light misting during the summer months.
Repotting: The Trailing Jade is a low maintenance houseplant, and its shallow root system means it can go several years without needing to be repotted. When the time does come, choose a warm spring day and make sure you've got. a small pot with good drainage to hand.
How to prune Trailing Jade
The Trailing Jade is a relatively low maintenance houseplant; however, pruning is occasionally encouraged for bushier growth or to cut away dead foliage. You can pinch out unwanted stems with your fingers or use a clean, sharp pair of scissors. Why not save healthy cuttings and share the Peperomia love with your pals? Trailing Jade propagation requires a little patience.
How to propagate Trailing Jade
This gorgeous trailing plant is easy to propagate via cuttings. Use a sharp, sanitised tool to take cuttings from healthy stems and root them in soil or water before potting.
How fast does Trailing Jade grow?
You don't need to worry about the Trailing Jade taking over your space. It is slow-growing and doesn't get much bigger than the length of a standard ruler. A happy specimen may only gain an extra two inches a year.
Common Round Leaf Peperomia problems
Brown tips: Brown tips can occur when there's a sudden change in temperature (for example, your plant is near a draughty window or radiator in winter). It's not cheating to remove the leaves with brown tips, so long as you adjust the conditions too!
Wilting leaves: When succulent leaves crisp up and fall off, it usually means they have been allowed to dry out too much between waterings. Pinch out the sad-looking growth, keep the soil evenly moist, and pop the plant in a plastic bag or a sealed environment until you notice new growth.
Yellow leaves: A combination of yellowing leaves, mould appearing on the top layer of soil, and wilting stems likely means your plant is suffering from too much water. While this can be a common cause of death, all is not lost. Read our top tips for remedying the situation here:
Sudden loss of leaves: This could mean your plant is suffering from the cold. The minimum temperature to keep your Trailing Jade happy is 10 degrees.
Healthy, well-looked after specimens will generally stay disease-free. However, a lack of sunlight can attract Mealybugs.
Popular Trailing Jade Peperomia Types
Peperomia pecuniifolia (often sold as a Trailing Jade)
Peperomia nitida ‘Variegata’, formally known as Peperomia scandens 'variegata'
The waxy green leaves of this variegated Peperomia have creamy white margins.
Commonly known as String as Turtles, this attractive plant has round green leaves with distinctive white markings. It enjoys a regular misting.
Is Trailing Jade toxic to cats?
Trailing Jade plant and cats should get along fine as Peperomia Rotundifolia
belongs to the Piperaceae
family, which is considered non-toxic
to pets. Find out which plants you should keep away from furry companions here:
Where to buy Trailing Jade Plant
The Trailing Jade might be on the petite scale, but its intricate vining habit looks utterly gorgeous when strung up in a hanging basket. You can find the Trailing Jade for sale alongside many other interesting varieties on Candide. Add a splash of green to your interior here.