Peperomia tetraphylla 'Hope'
Another hybrid for the books, the Peperomia ‘Hope’ was created as a hybrid using the Peperomia quadrifolia and Peperomia deppeana; the resulting plant is like the trailing succulent version of a four-leaf clover with the subtle striping of the Watermelon Peperomia. The tiny, round leaves of this plant do as well when climbing up another plant or wall feature, as they do creeping and crawling across the floor of a terrarium.
A sweet addition to any space or location, this compact Peperomia variety is easy to grow in or out of a terrarium because it isn’t demanding or needy in the light or humidity departments. This versatile plant can also look gorgeous when planted at the top of a container and allowed to trail over another feature like a little, green waterfall!
At a Glance
Where to Buy Peperomia 'Hope'
See the links below to purchase from reputable terrarium plant shops and marketplaces (may include affiliate links).
Terrarium Plant Guide
Peperomia 'Hope' Care & Growth
Don’t let the succulent-like texture of the Peperomia Hope’s leaves trick you – this plant doesn’t love direct light as much as you would think. Bright indirect light will always do well by this plant; you can tell your Peperomia ‘Hope’ isn’t receiving enough light if you start to notice the coloring on the leaves appear washed out or faded. Rotate your terrarium or move it closer to your light source to perk it back up.
Looking at this plant, you probably wouldn’t expect to learn that the root structure is actually quite delicate and shallow, but don’t judge a book by its cover. The Peperomia Hope’s leaves can retain moisture for longer periods of time, so this plant can withstand being underwatered on occasion. Set-up a consistent watering schedule if this plant is in an open terrarium, otherwise, let the water cycle in your terrarium get to work and care for this plant baby for you.
The Peperomia Hope is a dainty plant, with its roots only digging a few inches into soil while putting out sometimes multiple feet of vines. With this and its moisture preferences in mind, the best soil mixture is going to be something high in orchid bark or perlite (or even coco coir) to allow for plenty of drainage. If you don’t have access to mix something together, a succulent soil can make a decent replacement, though not as a permanent solution.
Temperature & Humidity
Peperomia Hopes are not terribly demanding when it comes to humidity or temperature; the average household humidity of 40% can suffice, though a little extra will always come in handy to help the soil stay moist. Too much humidity can potentially keep the air from circulating in a terrarium, so let the container air out to make sure the roots are getting enough oxygen.
This hybrid Peperomia is certainly not the fastest growing plant in the world, but when it is ready to put out new leaves, they crop up in groups of two to four to make up for lost time. If given enough time, the Peperomia ‘Hope’ can put out mini, light green flower spikes, that should be cut off to allow for more leaf growth in its stead.
The Hope Peperomia has become well-known in the plant community for propagating very well and very quickly in water. Because the leaves of the Peperomia ‘Hope’ are more similar to a succulent than many others in the Peperomia genus, you could even find success in leaf propagation. This is done through just plucking a leaf from its stem, letting it callus, and placing it on top of the surface of the soil to take root and put out new leaves.
Varieties & Similar Plants
At this time, there haven’t been any cases of variegation on the Peperomia ‘Hope’, but it is still a young enough species that there’s no telling what we’ll see over the next decade! Since the Peperomia ‘Hope’ is a hybrid, it is often misclassified or mistaken for others of the same genus. The Peperomia rotundifolia and Peperomia ‘Pepperspot’ are just a few the Hope are confused for.
In a controlled environment like a closed terrarium, the Peperomia ‘Hope’ doesn’t necessarily suffer from any issues. The Peperomia genus in general, however, is known to attract critters like mealybugs and aphids. If you see anything strange on the stems or leaves of this plant, use the proper solutions and applicators and you should be good-to-go!