Peperomia Argyreia a.k.a Watermelon Begonia
Watermelon Peperomia Quick Overview
|Full Size||Up to 12 inches|
Watermelon Peperomia is a favourited house plant. Its leaves resemble the rind of a watermelon which is where the nickname ‘Watermelon’ Peperomia comes from. These plants are a flowering plant that is native to South America. The flowers look more like spikes than they do flowers. They have a reddy pink stalk with flowers that are a greenish, whitey cream colour.
Not only is this plant a must have in your plant collection, the Watermelon Peperomia is super easy to propagate. It can be propagated by a stem or leaf cutting. You can read more about propagating house plants here.
In the correct living conditions, you can expect your Watermelon Peperomia to grow up to 12 inches tall. Like all the other Peperomia varieties, this plant will grow small and bushy.
Watermelon Peperomia prefer to be positioned in bright indirect light for best growth and require this to thrive. A sign your Watermelon Peperomia is getting too much light is the leaves going a darker green, this can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.
Watermelon Peperomia will perform best when in an area which maintains a temperature of 65-80°F (18-26˚C). It is also recommended that you don’t allow your Watermelon Peperomia to go below 60°F (15˚C) at night. Being kept outside of this temperate range for prolonged periods of time can lead to poor plant health.
Maintaining a high humidity will assist in keeping your Watermelon Peperomia happy and healthy. If your plant is housed in a spot with a humidity level consistently outside of this range click here for tips on how to increase or decrease humidity levels.
You can expect your Watermelon Peperomia to require water when the top 1-2 inches of soil feels dry. When watering your Watermelon Peperomia be sure to water thoroughly letting the water drain completely. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty, a tell tale sign that your Watermelon Peperomia needs water is the leaves will begin to droop or feel thin.
As a rule of thumb your Watermelon Peperomia should be fertilized once a month during the months of spring and summer. This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth.
Watermelon Peperomia requires a well draining soil.
Diseases & Pests
The most common diseases and pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Watermelon Peperomia are root rot, whitefly, spider mite and mealybug. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests click here.
Watermelon Peperomia are considered to be non toxic.