Watermelon Peperomia

Peperomia Watermelon

    Commonly Known As:
  • Watermelon Peperomia,
  • Watermelon Begonia

Silver and green-striped leaves that look like small watermelons give this compact, water-loving houseplant its common name of Watermelon Peperomia. 

Watermelon Peperomia plants are found growing in the understory of tropical forests in northern South America. They can often be found growing on rotting wood or materials on the forest floor and are commonly mistaken for succulents because of their fleshy stems and leaves. There’s some mystery surrounding exactly when and how Watermelon Peperomia made its way to other countries, but its distinctive leaf patterns are currently being enjoyed in homes all around the world. 

  • light

    Watermelon Peperomia prefers bright, indirect light. Place your plant near a window that has curtains or blinds to filter the sunlight. Avoid placing your Watermelon Peperomia in direct sunlight as its leaves will likely burn. Keeping it in lower light conditions can result in slower, leggy growth. It can also benefit occasionally from being rotated to ensure even growth.

  • water

    Water when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry, or about once weekly during the summer and once every other week during the winter months. Depending on where you live, you might have to water more or less frequently, but Watermelon Peperomia will communicate its needs: drooping, limp leaves let you know it needs more water, while yellowing leaves suggest it’s time to cut back. With fleshy leaves that hold in water, Watermelon Peperomia are more often at risk for overwatering, but under watering can present issues of its own for your plant.

  • temperature

    Temperatures between 65°F -75°F are ideal. Watermelon Peperomia naturally prefer more humid environments; unless where you live is very dry, your plant should be fine with average household levels of humidity. If you need to supplement the humidity, you can place a humidifier near your plant, use a pebble tray, place your plant in a steamy spot near the shower, or treat your plant to frequent misting. Avoid placing your Watermelon Peperomia in spots directly under air vents or near heaters, as this can result in drastic changes in temperature that are harmful to your plant.

  • fertilizer

    A liquid houseplant fertilizer that’s diluted to half strength applied every 2-4 weeks during the spring and summer can support healthy growth. Fertilizing during the fall and winter months isn’t essential as your plant’s growth will naturally slow from a drop in temperatures.

    Plant Facts
  • Peperomia Watermelon, similar to other peperomias, is notoriously simple to propagate. It’s often called “friendship plant,” because propagation is easy enough that you can share your plant with friends and family by giving them cuttings to grow into their own peperomia.

  • Aside from challenges with watering and some common household pests, Watermelon Peperomia is problem-free and easy to care for.

  • Watermelon Peperomias prefer being a little bit rooted, so when repotting your plant from a planter, it’s best to choose a plant that’s about the same size or only slightly larger than the planter.

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Origin: South America

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