Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens) Care

Growing And Maintaining Succulent Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens)

What a lovely succulent plant to put on your desk at the office or some light and airy window ledge at home

Soil, lighting, and watering are important to the growth and care of a Ruby Glow Succulent. They propagate easily from cuttings. Root rot from overwatering is the main setback. It responds well to the occasional fertilizing and pruning.

How to Grow and Care for  Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens)?

Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens) is an amazing and gorgeous succulent plant that looks great when displayed on the top of desks while they are still young and haven’t reached shrub size. Generally, Ruby Glow plants are low maintenance and don’t make a mess on top of your table desks. Thus, their leaves will not drop easily. Here are some guidelines on how to care for them and grow.


Soil is a vital component for the success of peperomia graveolens to grow and be healthy.  It is highly recommended a mix of 50% compost soil, 50% perlite.

Generally, succulents don’t like garden soil.  Rich sand, well-drained, and potting soil are ideal to use that work well effectively. It also needs the pH level to be within the appropriate range.

Either way,  you can purchase soil specifically made for peperomia graveolens. Having the right soil is the foundation for growing healthy for the peperomia graveolens.

Bright Light

Ruby Glow doesn’t like direct sunlight especially during warm months, the full sun will burn them. They grow best at 30% shade. They might be on the Veranda with a little sun.

It is important to understand the lighting needs of peperomia graveolens in our unique plant. Most likely, some of them get sunburned easily therefore not being exposed to direct sunlight.


Keep them well watered and keep them from drying out.  Generally, peperomia graveolens need less water. They still thrive but avoid drying them out and allow the soil to dry between waterings.

The consistency is very helpful to them. Too much water will drown them and too little water will either die for them. Using a small pot with adequate drainage holes makes the watering more convenient for the excess water to drain easily.

Thoroughly wet the soil and the water can drain out at the bottom of the container. Continue to provide them with water which is essential for their growth.

Propagated From Cuttings.

These beautiful and cute plants are easily propagated from cuttings. Important to note that the leaves and stems of peperomia graveolens are fragile. Tender care must be observed during the propagation.


1. Make sure that you cut 3 – 4  tip cutting, leaving two to three leaves. Use a disinfected knife. Be sure it has a  node when you cut it.

2. Place the cutting in a small pot with rich sandy, well-drained soil or 50% moss and 50% perlite.

3. Transplant it while the roots are bound in the starting pot. The soil must be moist.  Place them in an area indirect to sunlight.


It reminds us that Peperomia graveolens are native to Peru and Ecuador and a tropical country as well. They like and prefer a warm environment and thrive well in this kind of weather.

Peperomia graveolens won’t do so well with temperatures under 12°C/ 53.6°F and can still tolerate much warmer temperatures as long as it doesn’t become dry.


It is known that  Ruby Glow are tropical plants, they thrive in humid conditions. They will do fine relatively unfussy plants despite their tropical origins.

The optimal humidity level for a Peperomia Graveolens plant is 50% to a maximum of 75% humidity. This kind of plant could also tolerate lower levels of humidity. Thus,  to make sure they stay hydrated always.


Part of the care requirements for peperomia graveolens is rich soil which is essential for their growth.  It will benefit from the rich soil.

It needs them to feed once a week and add a small amount of compost.  Peperomia are cute and pretty unique plants that overwatering should be avoided.

It might kill the roots. Repotting is necessary if there are more plants growing and shooting up in the same pot.

They should be given enough space to flourish. It also helps produce proper soil aeration. It is necessary to pick a sheltered sunny spot on your way to repotting.

Common Pests and problems

Whiteflies, mealybugs, and spider mites are the most common pests with peperomia graveolens are. These pests can be sprayed with an insecticidal soap and water mixture to prevent these pests.

Another way for Peperomia Graveolens care is to wipe the leaves with neem oil.

These plants can get leaf spot diseases from the leaves when being too wet. The leaves of the Ruby Glow will get dark spots sometimes if they are overwatered.

• Root and stem rot are fungal that could be an issue with Peperomia Graveolens.  You will need a commercial fungicide to solve these issues and to lessen the watering.

This beautiful plant doesn’t like to be overwatered and is prone to root rot if left in wet soil for prolonged periods of time. As mentioned earlier, good drainage is important.

These plants love to stay dry, despite the humid conditions they live in.

• Falling of leaves. This is normal for peperomia graveolens during their growing season. Definitely, this problem will occur. But yet, If the falling of leaves continues to drop off.  You must check these things:

• Room Temperature. The humidity of the room greatly affects the health of the pretty cute plant. This must be checked.

• Fertilizer used. Too much acidity of the fertilizer used could slowly kill them.  It is better to use organic matter with the presence of microbes that could give nutrients.

Water is very crucial to the growth of our cute and gorgeous plant.  Too much water will drown them and roots will slowly rot.  Generally, peperomia graveolens don’t like to be overwatered. Proper water management is to be maintained well.


Pruning is a good way for them and to be done a couple of times a year if they get scraggly.

On the other side, you could also use the cuttings to propagate.

Keep in mind that it is best to start with the lowest leaves that are in pairs and to cut some of the stems with the leaves so that you can propagate them.

Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens) Place of Origin and Name

This plant is a species of plant in the family of Piperaceae and comprises more than 1,000 species. Its genus name comes from the Greek words peperi meaning pepper.

Peperomia Graveolens is native to Peru and Ecuador.  Endemic to Southern Ecuador and well known in two subpopulations.

The first one in Ona River, where the specimen was collected in 1973 by a botanist, and

The second one was reported in the province of Loja. But, now Peperomia Graveolens live all over the tropical regions.

While “graveolens”  means unpleasant smell,  it seems the tiny flowers of peperomia are unscented with the smell. The toxicity is not toxic to humans and pets.

Common Names of Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens):

• Peperomia Ruby Glow

• Peperomia Ruby

• Ruby Glow Succulent

The word Ruby is the most predominant in this common names, and the title of Ruby Glow is the most popular!

Appearance of Ruby Glow

Ruby Glow (Peperomia Graveolens) is a  small flowering shrub with fleshy leaves and vibrant red-wine-colored stems. They are succulent, ornamental, and perennial indoor plants. So popular in a reddish color, it is quite a unique, rare, and slow-growing succulent that everyone wants to have!

The leaves of this species are also red-wine. This plant is attractive and colored with veins or spots and usually oval-shaped.

For some species, the thick stalks of the leaves are attached to the center of the underside of the leaves. They grow up to 10 inches tall.

Its tiny flower with lime green in color to yellowish-white grows up to 3 inches with red long stems. These plants can tolerate humidity levels as their native climate is quite humid.

Final Thoughts

Ruby Glow is so easy to care for and doesn’t require much attention or watering.

You can leave them on top of your desk where they’ll do very well.

With our understanding of the minimum care needed by the beautiful  Ruby Glow succulent, these gorgeous ornamental little shrubs could make a difference in any room.

This is a beautiful ornamental plant that every plant owner loves.  A remarkable little accent plant that could blend into your life and be perfect for you.

Jenny Marie
Tribal Writer

Edited By
Patricia Godwin

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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