Will Fallen Peperomia Leaves Grow Back?

The main advantage of Peperomia plants is that they add a splash of green to an indoor environment without taking up much space. Since their green color is their main attraction, it may be discouraging to see a fallen leaf. But do fallen peperomia leaves grow back?

Fallen peperomia leaves will grow back if the plant is healthy and well-maintained. You can support new leaf growth by providing sufficient water and lighting. Fresh leaves sprout from the plant’s center, where the growing tip is located.

In the rest of this article, I’ll discuss what to do if your peperomia is losing leaves. The focus is to help you restore your peperomia’s lush and green foliage. Let’s get started!

What To Do if Your Peperomia Is Losing Leaves

Your peperomia plant losing leaves is a sign that it’s not receiving the care it needs. Peperomias require certain conditions to survive. Here is what to do to help your plant bounce back.

Check for Excessive Potting Moisture

Water is essential for photosynthesis. It’s a critical part of chlorophyll, which enables the plant to use the sun’s energy to make food. However, excessive water in the soil can devastate the peperomia plant.

Overwatering your peperomia plant leads to waterlogging in the soil. Waterlogging reduces the amount of oxygen that seeps through the soil to be used by the roots.

Insufficient oxygen in the soil leads to withering and yellowing leaves, eventually causing them to fall off.

You can use any of the following methods to check if your potting mixture has excessive moisture:

  • Using a moisture meter: Insert the device into several soil areas and check for readings. If the readings are above the recommended level, refrain from watering your peperomia plant. However, you should keep checking the moisture level and start watering when it gets below the recommended level.
  • Poking with a finger: Insert your index finger two inches (5.08 cm) deep into the soil. If it feels moist and soggy, hold back on watering until the moisture reduces.
  • Checking for root rot: Remove your peperomia plant from its pot and examine the roots. If they appear brown and mushy, it’s a sign of root rot caused by overwatering. Trim off the soft rotten roots and repot the plant in fresh, well-draining soil.

You can prevent overwatering by using these tips.

  • Always check the soil’s moisture level before watering.
  • Avoid watering your peperomia plant in cold seasons.
  • Water the plant only when you realize the soil is dry.
  • Place the overwatered pot under direct sunlight to evaporate the excess water.
  • Repot the plant in fresh soil with a balanced moisture content.

Check for Insufficient Potting Moisture

According to Science Direct, insufficient soil moisture affects plants by reducing the following:

  • Stomatal conductance
  • Photosynthetic pigments
  • Hormonal distribution
  • Root proliferation
  • Protein contents
  • Growth

The above factors affect your plant’s leaf composition directly or indirectly. For instance, impaired photosynthetic pigments result in yellowing leaves, and reduced root proliferation leads to drooping leaves.

Collectively, the above factors decrease your peperomia plant leaf’s water potential while increasing stomatal resistance. These factors make it difficult for the plant to transport water to each leaf.

The consequence is reduced carbon dioxide diffusion and low photosynthetic rate. These issues make your plant’s leaves wither and fall off because they aren’t getting their required nutrients.

If your peperomia plant is losing its leaves, check for insufficient soil moisture using the methods mentioned in the excessive moisture section above. When you realize there’s not enough water in the potting mixture, water it thoroughly until you see some drainage from the bottom.

Remember to water your plant regularly and evenly, avoiding dry patches in the soil. Alternatively, you can soak the plant if the soil is too dry.

Provide Sufficient Light

Like any other plant, your peperomia plant needs light to undergo photosynthesis and produce food.

As an indoor plant, it’s possible to forget about giving your peperomia enough light exposure.

If your peperomia plant is losing leaves, check if it’s receiving sufficient light by observing the following:

  • Are there any yellow or pale leaves? Yellow leaves could indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough light.
  • Is the stem elongated and stretched towards a light source instead of growing upright? A stem that bends towards light sources is another sign of insufficient light exposure.

You should move the plant to a spot where it can receive at least six hours of indirect sunlight daily. If you realize it’s not receiving enough natural light, supplement its exposure with grow lights about 12 inches (30.48 cm) away from the plant.

Note: You should avoid direct sunlight as this can cause sunburn on the leaves, leading to brown patches or leaf loss. Peperomia plants prefer medium to bright indirect light.

Providing sufficient sunlight is also a great way to get your peperomia to flower. If you’d like a more in-depth guide about getting your peperomia to flower, you can read my other article here: How To Get Your Peperomia to Flower (6 Tips)

Improve Air Circulation

Poor air circulation can impair oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange in your peperomia plant, hindering its growth.

It’s worth noting that during the day, plants release oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide during photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis doesn’t occur at night due to the absence of light. Therefore, plants release carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen during the night.

Poor air circulation affects the above processes, impairing growth and causing leaf loss.

Here are some tips to improve air circulation for your plant.

  • Provide room for the plant: Avoid overcrowding your peperomia plant with other plants or objects. It’s also advisable to adhere to plant spacing requirements.
  • Use a fan: Position a fan about three feet (91.44 cm) away from the plant for a gentle breeze. However, you must be careful to prevent windburn and damage.
  • Place the plant near a window: Keeping it near a window exposes it to fresh air and ample indirect light.

Avoid Over-Fertilizing

Fertilizers contain essential nutrients that boost a plant’s growth. However, excess fertilizer can burn the roots and leaves of your peperomia plant, leading to leaf loss.

Here are a few remedies if you suspect your plant is losing leaves because of excessive fertilization.

  • Use slow-release fertilizer. These fertilizers have a low risk of burning the tuff while ensuring a more even and sustained growth.
  • Use diluted liquid fertilizer. Diluting liquid fertilizer before application reduces the risk of burning your plant’s roots and leaves.
  • Limit the frequency of fertilizer. Generally, you should fertilize your peperomia once a month during its growing seasons in spring and summer.
  • Transfer the plant to new soil. Transferring your plant will help wash away any excess fertilizer that may have built up in the soil.

Eradicate Insects, Pests, and Diseases

Indoor plants like peperomias often deal with insects, pests, and diseases. These can affect the overall health of your plant, resulting in leaf loss and discoloration.

It’s essential to regularly check for any signs of insect or pest infestation and devise an appropriate eradication mechanism.

Some infestation signs to look for include the following:

  • Abnormal leaf discoloration
  • Wilting leaves
  • Webbing on leaves and stems
  • Fungal growth
  • Damage to the leaves and stems

Some pest and disease eradication mechanisms include:

  • Spraying with insecticidal soap or neem oil: The former effectively controls aphids, whiteflies, and mealybugs, while the latter can control spider mites.
  • Removing infected leaves and stems: This helps prevent diseases from spreading to the rest of the plant.
  • Quarantining affected plants: This is a suitable approach to prevent infestations from spreading to other plants in your garden.
  • Frequently washing your plant’s leaves: This helps remove insects, their eggs, and dust that may obstruct photosynthesis.

Drench the Soil Thoroughly

Soil compaction is an overlooked aspect of plant care. Compacted soil is one with pressed particles that have fewer pores between them. This soil structure affects the root system’s ability to absorb and retain water, air, and nutrients, which can result in leaf loss and discoloration.

Drenching the soil aids in the prevention of soil compaction by loosening the particles and creating more space for water, air, and nutrients to pass through. 

Here are the steps to drench the soil thoroughly:

  1. Water your plant until water comes out of its drainage holes.
  2. Let the top layer of soil dry before watering again.
  3. Check and loosen the soil periodically to prevent compaction.


Fallen peperomia leaves will grow back if you provide the necessary components. Some ways to ensure proper care include:

  • Improving air circulation.
  • Avoiding over-fertilization.
  • Eradicating pests and diseases.
  • Drenching the soil thoroughly.

These practices provide the optimum conditions your peperomia plant needs to thrive and regrow its fallen leaves.

Alexander Picot

Alexander Picot is the principal creator of TheGrowingLeaf.com, a website dedicated to gardening tips. Inspired by his mother’s love of gardening, Alex has a passion for taking care of plants and turning backyards into feel-good places and loves to share his experience with the rest of the world.

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