Plant Care Watermelon Vine

Watermelon Vine

4.5 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Watermelon Vine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Watermelon Vine has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Watermelon Vine

Trailing Watermelon Begonia is an herbaceous perennial native to Southeast Asia. It is most often used as a houseplant, in terrariums, hanging baskets or as a groundcover. It's a tropical plant that grows easily.

Taxonomy

Procris repens
Procris
Urticaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Pellionia pulchra

How to care for Watermelon Vine

💦 Water

How often to water your Watermelon Vine

Water needs for Watermelon Vine
0.5 cups
every 9

Watermelon Vine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Watermelon Vine

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Watermelon Vine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Watermelon Vine: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Watermelon Vine may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Watermelon Vine in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Watermelon Vine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Watermelon Vine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Watermelon Vine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Watermelon Vine is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Watermelon Vine prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Watermelon Vine may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Watermelon Vine does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Watermelon Vine should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Watermelon Vine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Watermelon Vine can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Watermelon Vine

Watermelon Vine

Watermelon Vine


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Watermelon Vine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Watermelon Vine has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Watermelon Vine has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Watermelon Vine has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@awilhe02 avatar
@@awilhe02
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 239 XP
01/09/2022

It’s just gorgeous

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@kayladistler avatar
@@kayladistler
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,340 XP
globe Newburgh, IN
05/31/2021

Water every ~3 days, likes full sun

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily

Trending in your area

Similar to Watermelon Vine

Discover rare plants