Watermelon Peperomia plant close-up

Watermelon Peperomia Plant Care

Let’s talk Watermelon Peperomia!!

Getting its name from the fruit, this particular plant’s leaves do have the looks of an actual watermelon.

When it comes to plant care, well… when you see your peperomia plants flowering, you’ll know you’re doing it right!!

And while the flowers may not be fascinating, I do very much appreciate seeing those long green flowers popping out of the compact foliage!

This specific species is probably the most popular peperomias on the market since last year and I see why.

Plant ID:

Watermelon Peperomia (a.k.a. Peperomia Argyreia, Watermelon Begonia).

Plant origin:

Northern South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela).

Difficulty Level:

Moderate.

Growth:

Quite a slow grower.

Watermelon Peperomia Plant Care Guide

Light:

Bright indirect light spot, having lots of ambient light.

Be aware that too much light could damage the leaves.

Water:

Not having an extensive root system, this peperomia needs to dry out between watering and is sensible to root rot.

I water mine once every 10 days or so, but not without checking whether the soil is still moist. When the moisture meter is in the red zone, I’ll go ahead!

Bottom watering is a great option for this plant as this allows the plant to decide how much water is needed. Simply choose a bucket slightly larger than the pot, fill it with water and place the plant inside. Go do something else, as you wait until the top of the soil is moist.

Humidity:

Watermelon Peperomia does not do well in cold. It will thrive in a warm and humid environment!

Fertilizing:

During the active growing season, once every 2-4 weeks with a diluted solution.

Soil:

Regular organic potting mix with perlite or a succulent soil mix.

Pot:

It will do well in both plastic and terracotta pots, being that the first option would retain a lot more moisture and therefore the watering schedule would have to be reduced significantly.

Propagation:

It is super easy to propagate this peperomia.

  1. First of all, check your plant and pick a healthy-looking leaf (for better chances).
  2. Cut the stem down at the bottom of the plant and then also cut the stem close to the leaf – you will only need your healthy leaf so the stem can be composted.
  3. Next, you’ll want to cut your leaf in half with a sharp knife, horizontally,
  4. And place the recently cut area facing down in moist soil.
  5. To help keep the humidity level up, which will improve growth, you can place your propagation container in a plastic zip bag (make sure to allow some air inside, by not closing it all the way through) and spray it every few days.

Another way of propagating this plant is, of course, the well-known water propagation method:

Just cut a few stems down from the bottom of the mother plant and place them in water. It is recommendable to change the water regularly.

Once a root system has established, move it into soil. Make sure to keep it consistently moist during the first few weeks and then go back to the regular watering schedule.

 

Watermelon Peperomia Soil Propagation
My leaf cuttings in soil.
Peperomia Plant in propagation vase filled with water.
My stem cuttings in water. (Mixed with another peperomia variety I had started propagating earlier on)

Pet safe:

Yes!


Here’s a list of some of our favorite gadgets, products, and books that all houseplant parents should know about! Also, visit the Etsy store for some more inspiration…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.