How to Take Care Of Your Peperomia Watermelon
Because of its lovely watermelon-patterned foliage, Peperomia Watermelon (Peperomia argyreia) has risen in favor among houseplant enthusiasts. They have a compact growth pattern, and their leaves are not only multicolored but also shiny, making them particularly beautiful when the sun shines on them. Watermelon peperomia are tropical plants native to South America that grow naturally in the rainforest understory and adapt extraordinarily well to indoor gardening.
Peperomia Watermelon is one of the more eye-catching houseplants thanks to its beautiful leaves. With its watermelon-like striped leaves, the Peperomia Watermelon is a plant that will impress everyone.
The name “watermelon” comes from the leaf design that resembles the skin of a watermelon. This plant’s leaves are quite huge, which helps the pattern stand out even more.
Friends will be begging you for this plant, and fortunately for you, the watermelon peperomia is a breeze to cultivate.
Caring for your Peperomia Watermelon
Watermelon peperomia are relatively easy to care for and maintain as houseplants, especially if you keep track of your watering. Peperomia are moisture-loving plants, so if you have a history of forgetting to water your plants for weeks at a time, this plant may not be for you. While they do develop flower spikes in the spring and summer, the blooms are small, and some growers prefer to remove them so that the plant may concentrate its efforts on producing foliage instead.
Lighting your Peperomia Watermelon
Select area that receives bright to medium indirect light for your watermelon peperomia. Because their leaves are prone to burning, they should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. While they can thrive in low light, their leaves will be smaller and their development will be lanky.
Soiling your Peperomia Watermelon
As long as the potting mix is well-draining and can hold some moisture, these peperomia thrive in most ordinary potting mixes. Try and prevent soil designed for plants that prefer a dryer environment, such as cactus and succulents, as it will not absorb enough water to keep the plant alive. Watermelon peperomia can also be treated with a 1:1 mixture of peat moss and perlite.
Watering your Peperomia Watermelon
Leave a few of inches of soil to dry between waterings before completely watering. Watermelon peperomia are susceptible to overwatering and underwatering, and should not be allowed to dry out or sit in water for long periods of time.
Cleaning your Peperomia Watermelon
Its big leaves are prone to collecting dust. Keep in mind that the leaves are delicate and can easily break off.
So this means that you need to clean the plant’s leaves with a spray bottle. Use water that is at room temperature. Water with a splash of neem oil can be used (as per instructions on the bottle).
Dead leaves should be pruned as soon as you notice them. You can also prune leaves to keep the plant in its desired form or remove lanky leaves.
Temperature and Humidity for your Peperomia Watermelon
Warm, slightly humid circumstances are ideal for watermelon peperomia. However, the temperatures and humidity levels seen in most homes are sufficient for these tropical plants. Simply keep your peperomia away from any vents or drafty windows that can dry out the air around it.
Fertilizing your Peperomia Watermelon
During the growing season, this peperomia can benefit from regular fertilization. And during spring and summer time, use a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks.
Repotting your Peperomia Watermelon
There is no need to repot peperomias because they prefer to be pot bound.
You can transfer your peperomia watermelon to a larger pot if it becomes too big for its pot, which could happen in a few years.
Propagating your Peperomia Watermelon
Watermelon peperomia are delightfully easy to propagate, and are sometimes lovingly referred to as “friendship plants” because sharing your plant with a buddy is so simple. The best time to propagate is during the growing season, which is either spring or summer. Watermelon peperomia is propagated two ways: primarily through division and leaf cuttings.
Watermelon peperomia that is happy and healthy will send up offshoots/pups that can be separated and put in their own pots. Follow these steps to disseminate by division:
To check the roots and carefully separate the offshoots, first remove the entire plant from the potting container. Then, carefully pluck the roots from the main plant, identifying the offshoots you want to separate from the plant (it’s recommended to leave offshoots smaller than 1 inch in the original container).
Plant the newly split offshoot in its own container and thoroughly water the soil. Keep the soil continuously moist for the first 1-2 weeks following separation in a place that receives medium to bright indirect light.
You can resume a regular watering routine after a few weeks.
Watermelon peperomia do not branch at the area where the stem is cut, unlike most other plants, thus once you cut a leaf off, you are permanently surrendering that stem. Before you begin, keep this in mind. Surprisingly, a single leaf cutting can be propagated in two ways. Follow these steps to proliferate through leaf cuttings:
First, determine which leaves you wish to utilize and cut the stems so that the separated leaf retains 2-3 inches of stem.
Then, take a leaf that has been split and cut it in half, separating the “top” and “bottom” of the leaf. You’ll be left with two portions, one of which is still linked to the stem.
Before planting, fill a container with ordinary potting soil and pre-moisten it.
Place the top half of the leaf cutting in the soil, burying the cut edge and leaving the top half exposed.
Then, with the remainder of the leaf above the earth, take the bottom half of the cutting and plant the stem in the dirt.
After that, insert your newly potted cuttings in a spot with medium to brilliant indirect light and maintain the soil moist but not saturated.
After about 1 to 2 months, you will see new growth growing from the cuttings’ leaves/stems. Allow a few months for the new plants to establish before transplanting them to their own containers.
What Common Problems Pester Peperomia Watermelon?
While it’s generally pest-free, it can occasionally become afflicted with typical houseplant pests.
Do you have a Peperomia watermelon with dry brown tips or edges? The cause of that might be the temperature around it. Sudden temperature decreases might cause the plant’s edges and tips to dry out.
Are you witnessing a loss of leaves with your plant? The cause of that might be physical harm. If you have a cat, this can be a common occurrence as some cats like to pound the leaves with their paws. Is your plant waterlogged? The plant has been deprived of water for far too long.
The temperature in your home is usually the likely culprit for most issues that plague this sort of plant. Temperatures that are too low might also cause leaf loss, especially during the winter time.
Does your Peperomia watermelon have leaves with black or dark spots? It’s possible that the stress of a new setting is causing blotches on the leaves.
It could also be the effect of plant pests. Make sure you look for any signs of pests on the plant.
Additionally, overwatering could be indicated by brown spots.
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Why are the leaves turning yellow?
Overwatering is the most common cause of yellowing leaves on a watermelon peperomia. To avoid this, make sure the soil is allowed to dry slightly between waterings and that sufficient drainage is in place. Yellowing leaves might also be caused by pests.
Why are the leaves on my peperomia watermelon small with long stems?
Large leaves and a bushy look define a cheerful and happy watermelon peperomia. Leggy growth is characterized by lengthy stems (that occasionally fall over) and small, lackluster leaves caused by a lack of light. To promote vigorous, healthy development, place your peperomia in a brighter area.
Should I mist my plant?
If you want to boost the humidity around your plant, a humidifier or putting your plant on top of a pebble tray filled with water would be a better option than misting.
Is my plant toxic to pets?
Humans, cats, and dogs are not poisoned by Peperomia Watermelon. Keep in mind that plant toxicity information is subject to change. Its something you should discuss with your veterinarian. Even non-toxic plants should not be nibbled on, and plants should be kept away from pets, especially if they prefer to eat them.
The Peperomia Watermelon is one of the most attractive and lively plants that you could invite into your home. It will immediately impress all of your guests with its unique look and feel.
If you are ready to bring one of these gorgeous pieces of nature into your house, you should visit us at Cellar Door Plants. Not only can we point you in the right direction with your new plant, but we will also help you find pots and plant accessories to keep your new houseplants healthy and thriving all year long.