Watermelon peperomia or Peperomia argyreia was given its name as its leaves closely resemble that of watermelon skin. This plant falls into the easy-grow category and it actually is great for new green thumbs, it is native to South America and grows up to 30cm tall so great for the Aussie climate and small spaces.
During spring and summertime, you might see flowers appear although the thin stalks look more like spikes than flowers.
To keep your watermelon peperomia happy and thriving there are a few simple rules to follow:
- Keep them in a bright room but out of direct sunlight.
- Do not overwater them, water them just enough to make the soil slightly damp.
- Fertilise them once or twice a year with light natural fertilizer.
- You’ll rarely need to repot these guys as they love growing nice and compact.
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
1. Leaves looking a bit washed out or dull - your plant is sunburnt! Move it out of direct sunlight
2. Lower leaves drooping - your plant is thirsty. Place it in a small bowl of water and let it drink as much as it needs.
3. Leaves are going brown at tips - too much water, cut down on watering