Peperomia is a hardy plant that originates from the tropical parts of the world. However, after several years of peperomia being raised as a houseplant, it is only natural that it has become adapted to the indoor growing conditions. So, can such a peperomia grow outside?
Can peperomia grow outside?
Yes, peperomia can indeed grow outside. It is a strong plant with an ability to adapt to a range of different situations. However, it has become adapted to the indoor growing conditions and become sensitive to situations such as extreme light, temperature, and watering. Thus, if you place your peperomia outside, some factors need to be kept in check to ensure that the plant is not damaged and it remains strong –
- Weather Conditions
Usually, peperomia requires to be watered once every one or two weeks when it is kept indoors. However, when the peperomia is kept outside, it will require more water as it is exposed to more light and heat. Thus, the water is likely to evaporate faster and hence will require more frequent watering to ensure that your peperomia is adequately hydrated as dehydrating may lead to severe problems in your peperomia.
So, it is ideal to water your plant at least twice a week during the growing season or whenever the soil is too dry.
Light is essential for the survival of your peperomia as it helps the plant make its food through photosynthesis. However, if a peperomia plant is growing indoors, it will be adapted to only a limited amount of light. So, once you place it under direct sunlight, it is likely that the plant will be sunburnt. Sunburn can cause severe, permanent damage to peperomia.
So, it is best to gradually introduce it to bright, indirect sunlight and allow it to adapt for the best results.
An indoor peperomia is accustomed to regular household temperatures. So, if you place your peperomia outside where there is a severe change in temperature on a daily or seasonal basis, your plant may likely be severely damaged due to frost or heat. It is best to place your plant indoors when there are chances that the temperature may rise or fall excessively. Avoid placing it near sources of heat such as fireplaces or air conditioner vents.
Peperomia can be susceptible to extreme weather conditions if left outside. Storms, hailstorms, and winds may cause severe damage to your peperomia. So, it is best to keep your peperomia in an indoor location to avoid damage. Drain the excess water from the pot during rains to ensure that the roots of the plant don’t drown as it could suffocate and eventually kill the plant. Treat the damaged parts with rubbing alcohol to reduce the chances of infections in your peperomia.
Thus we can see that peperomia can indeed grow outside. However, some factors need to be regulated to ensure that the growth of your peperomia is healthy and strong.