Peperomia Argyreia (Peperomia Watermelon)

Peperomia Watermelon is a tropical plant, native to South America, which thrives in warm and humid conditions. With its watermelon-esque leaves and vibrant red stems, this special plant is a must have for any avid plant collector. The Watermelon Peperomia gets its name from its appearance as each of its leaves is green and silver-striped and look incredibly similar to the rind of a watermelon. They make the perfect table-top plant as they stay compact and bushy and only grow to be about 6-8 inches tall.

Peperomias are very easy to grow indoors if they are given enough light and not overwatered. They do well with fluorescent light, making them an excellent plant for spots that don’t receive as much natural light.

Common Names: Peperomia Watermelon

Peperomia Watermelon Plant Care

Temperature

As the Watermelon Peperomia is a tropical plant, they thrive best in warm, humid environments. It’s best to keep your plant between 15-26 degrees and avoid draughts or cold temperatures.

Light

Your Peperomia will do best in very bright, indirect light. Plenty of light will ensure the variegated leaves keep their watermelon-like appearance and will help prevent your plant reaching for the light and becoming leggy. We suggest rotating your plant to ensure all sides get consistent sunlight. This will help it grow relatively symmetrically.

Watering

Watermelon Peperomias are fairly drought tolerant. Their fleshy, succulent-like leaves store moisture so it’s definitely best to let the soil dry out before watering again. A top tip to see if your plant is thirsty is to check the thickness of the leaves. If they still feel thick and sturdy, your plant is fine. But if the leaves feel thin and flimsy, it’s time for a drink.

Soil

As these plants are drought tolerant, a nutrient rich, well-draining mix is your best bet for your Peperomia. Ensure your pot also has drainage to avoid any excess water hanging around the roots of your plant.

Fertilizer

Watermelon Peperomia are heavy calcium feeders. We recommend using an all-purpose liquid food with added calcium. This helps keep the beautiful smooth, round shape of the leaves.

Toxicity

Not toxic, safe to have around children and pets.

Maintenance

These plants are fairly low maintenance. As the leaves can get quite large, wipe them down every so often with a damp cloth to rid the plant of any dust that may have accumulated. While doing so, it’s a good time to check for pests. Checking for pests every so often will help avoid a big outbreak.

Potential Problems

Root Rot: It can be quite tricky to bring a Peperomia back from root rot so it’s best to keep your plant in a well-draining mix and let it dry almost completely before watering again.