Did you know? Its name comes from its similarity of appearance to the skin of a watermelon.
Common name : Watermelon peperomia
Scientific name : Peperomia argyreia
Family : Piperaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
A small species grown for its attractive leaves, growing to 12 inches tall - or 6 for a variety called 'mini watermelon peperomia'. It bears fairly large peltate leaves - meaning the stem is attached centrally - oval in shape, with a surprising mixture of green and silver stripes.
Sowing & planting
15 - 30
6 - 7
Identify my watermelon peperomia
The peperomia is a perennial with evergreen fleshy leaves, alternate or verticillate, elliptical or cordiform, on long petioles. The flowers are for the most part discrete and white with erect ears.
Plant my watermelon peperomia
You can plant your peperomia plant, in pots, in bottles or other small containers, in a fibrous mix of compost or heathsoil and potting soil.
The principle is that the mixture must be draining and rather neutral or acid, because the plant mainly takes water by its leaves.
Water my watermelon peperomia
Peperomia does not like excess moisture, water once a week in season, but spray foliage often with non-calcareous water.
Fertilize my watermelon peperomia
In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.
Repot my watermelon peperomia
Every 3 or 4 years, at the end of winter, transplant your peperomia carefully to a slightly larger pot than it's current, adding a mixture of heather earth, topsoil and garden soil.
Check on my watermelon peperomia
Red spiders enjoy the dryness of the air.
Increase the humidity if you notice a transparency of the leaves. On the other hand, if you notice leaf swelling, the ambient humidity is too high, reduce the intakes - do the same in case of roots rotting.
Prune my watermelon peperomia
Vigilant deadheading once or twice a week will prolong the blooming period !