Aug 16th, 2022
Peperomia Owl Eye
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Peperomia polybotrya also known as Owl Eye or Raindrop Peperomia. This interesting variety of Peperomia is native to tropical areas of Central and South America and belong to the Piperaceae or pepper plant family along with Piper nigrum which produces peppercorns. This specific variety is very special because of its unique appearance. When you think of Peperomia you probably think of the small, round leaves. Peperomia owl eye is known for its large raindrop shaped leaves with a dark, glossy- green color and a white center.
Let’s talk about care. Peperomia like nice bright, indirect light, but do tolerate medium light. Direct sun should be avoided, it can cause leaf burn. If you decide to keep your peperomia outside for the summer, a shady spot is best. Peperomia Owl Eye will do best when planted in a nice, chunky soil. We recommend using 1 part Espoma’s All Purpose Potting Soil with 1 part Espoma’s Orchid Mix which is a mix of orchid bark, perlite, and charcoal that allows for extra drainage. Peperomia Owl Eye has succulent like leaves so naturally can tolerate periods of drought. Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before giving it a good soak. Common pests to scout for include mealy bugs and spider mites. Check for pests weekly while you water, and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand to treat as needed.