Features of the Watermelon Peperomia Plant
Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia) is a stunning and super trendy houseplant. It displays beautiful teardrop shaped green leaves with dramatic silver streaks. Red petioles (petioles) provide an attractive addition.
This small houseplant, native to areas of South America, is perfect for well-lit desks and tabletops. It only grows to about 20 to 30 cm, so it can easily be placed on shelves and large terrariums. Put the watermelon peperomia in a spot where you can get an up-close look at them: in bright light, the silvery variegation sparkles.
The variegated foliage looks great when paired with other variegated plants (like Sterling Silver Scindapsus or Polka Dot Begonia, as well as cultivars with darker foliage like Raven® ZZ plant or flowering Anthurium). Of course, it is also a showpiece that is presented as an eye-catcher.
Watermelon Peperomia Growing Guide
Grow your watermelon peperomia where it will receive medium to bright light for best results. This means she should cast a medium to heavy shade where you grow her for most of the day. However, avoid direct afternoon sun through a window in hot climates, especially in summer. It can suffer sunburn.
Tip: Watermelon pepperomia don’t need natural sunlight to thrive. It enjoys both natural and artificial light.
Give the watermelon pepperomia some water when the top half of the potting soil feels dry. She’s quite sensitive to overhydration, so if you’re unsure about giving her something to drink, it’s usually best to wait. Since the watermelon chili pepper has relatively thick leaves, it keeps well if it gets a little too dry.
Maintain an average relative humidity level for your watermelon pepperoni. It doesn’t require high humidity like many houseplants, but can suffer brown leaf edges in desert-dry air. If the grow space is particularly dry, increase the humidity by growing your plant in a group with other houseplants. Or place a small humidifier nearby. You can also grow it on a pebble tray.
Fertilize in spring and summer, if you wish, with a fertilizer designed for houseplants. Just follow the instructions on the product packaging. Never apply more fertilizer than the instructions recommend.
The only pruning necessary is to remove old leaves as they fade.
Note: Watermelon Peperomia is grown for ornamental purposes and is not intended for human or animal consumption.