Tuesday, March 26, 2019

What will we do with them?

Peperomia polybotrya 'Raindrop" --Everywhere.

Right now, there are so few Peperomia polybotrya ‘Raindrops’ that nobody even knows that they exist.

But what if tissue culture propagation is successful such that an infinite supply suddenly becomes available.  It might happen.

          ‘Nothing is sold unless it has a name and a use’

I want the name to be Peperomia ‘Raindrop’.  The dominate player in the market will influence the name and what becomes accepted through common use.

The leading ‘use’ for ‘Raindrop’ will be as a low light houseplant.  It is sturdy and has shiny leaves.  It should be able to take its place by other houseplant standards like Pothos, Philodendron or Ferns.

If you follow the Law of Focus, then one use---- houseplant----should be enough.

However, the most dominate segment of the horticulture industry is Spring Garden and Patio Plants.  And more and more gardens are in the shade.

What if we made a planter with ‘Raindrops’ and Begonias?

If Peperomia ‘Raindrop’ could get in the Spring market, we will need a lot of them.


  1. I had one of these and the leaves turned yellow. Not sure if I overwatered or if I gave it too much sun. When you describe them as "low-light" - do you mean snake plant low-light, and how often should I water? Thank you.

  2. Thanks for your report. Peperomia polybotrya had never been a commercial crop in spite of it being a sturdy, drought-tolerant, shiny-leaf, low light houseplant. I would guess that 'yellow' is setting in water or cold. Once a week watering is fine. Being dry does not hurt it.

    We know that they grow in high light because our greenhouse production is full light in the winter.

    The level of low light is untested. But I believe that Peperomia 'Raindrop' will prove to be tough enough to grow anywhere in the house.