Peperomia ferreyrae

Happy Bean - Pincushion Peperomia

Peperomia ferreyrae is commonly known as the happy bean or pincushion peperomia from the large plant genus - Peperomia.


Native to South America dwelling in rain forests, the Peperomia ferreyrae is a perennial epiphyte semi - succulent plant species that differs very much in its appearance to many other peperomia species. Their appearance would not seem to relate to other peperomias that display rounded leaves, but they're closely related.

Foliage: Whorled kind of peapod shaped leaves that are narrowly windowed near the length of the top grow along thick and sometimes tall semi - succulent stems. Stems become tall when the plant matures. The plant grows upright and kind of bushy.

Training its growth may be required, otherwise stems full of whorled leaves kind of grow in an erratic fashion 'bent and twisted', but freestyle let the plant grow as it wishes could be your growing style.

A small bushy type Peperomia ferreyrae can actually look like a different plant when viewing one that's become lanky stemmed, although you'll notice the leaves are the same, which may be the only way of noticing at first that they're the same plant.

Care level and growing: As with other peperomias they require care similar to other succulent plants. Most conditions within a home in temperate regions should be fine to accomodate the plant. Humidity and light are important, and avoiding overwatering.

Greenhouses, conservatories and windowsills are best suited places to grow this species.


Origin: South America.
Names: Pincusion Peperomia, Bean Plant (common). Peperomia ferreyrae (botanical/scientific).
Max Growth (approx): 15 - 20 cm tall - 10 - 25 cm spread.
Poisonous for pets: Non-toxic to cats and dogs.
Peperomia ferreyrae on a windowsill

Peperomia ferreyrae Care

Temperature: Ideal temperatures of 65-75ºF (18-24ºC), and no lower than 50ºF (10ºC).
Light: Bright light without direct sunlight is best suited, although a small amount of direct sun may not do any harm. Not enough light will cause the plant to lack growth.
Watering: Underwatering will cause wilting and overwatering can seriously harm the plant, causing plant rot. Water when the soil has become dry and then water thoroughly. During the winter water much less. Better to water less than overwater as the effects of less watering are easily resolved.
Soil: A peat based soil is best used that drains well. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or sand is a good mix. The medium must drain well and be well aerated, but it requires some kind of water retention for the small roots to absorb nutrients.
Re-Potting: Repot only when the plant has outgrown its current pot and only to the next size up. Remember the roots are very small and are not likely to fill most pots. Renewing the soil annually is good practice.
Fertilizer: During spring - while the plant is growing use a diluted liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks, and once a month during summer. No feeding is required after summer until the next spring.
Humidity: Normal room humidity should be fine. Increasing humidity with misting (during summer) and grouping the Peperomia ferreyrae with other plants, especially other peperomias is good practice. If you see signs of lack of humidity and dry air appearing then make efforts to provide extra air moisture.
Propagation: Taking leaf cuttings is the most common method of propagation. When leaf cuttings are taken, allowing a day for the wounds to dry out is good practice for replanting. Try to provide warm temperatures of about 20ºC (68ºF) with bright light and cover cuttings with plastic to encourage growth until you see the first appearance of growth.
Pruning: Pinch out stem tips when the plant is overgrowing to keep it in shape. When pruning take cuttings for propagation.

Potential Problems

The Peperomia ferreyrae is not a problem species, although a grower must watch out for overwatering and cold conditions that may cause serious harm including plant rot. Sudden drops in temperature and cold drafts can also cause problems including sudden leaf drop.

There is no known major common problems with pests.

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