Plant Care Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia

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Watermelon Peperomia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Watermelon Peperomia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Watermelon Peperomia

The Watermelon Peperomia is aptly named, as its glossy leaves closely resemble tiny watermelons! 🍉 The fruits of Peperomia plants are very sticky, so they can be easily picked up by animals passing by. Their fruits and seeds have traveled one of the longest distances ever recorded for a plant, over 3000 miles to an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, all while stuck to a bird's feet 🦅. They're very closely related to the same plants that produce black pepper, and their fruits have a similar peppery taste!

Taxonomy

Peperomia argyreia
Peperomia
Piperaceae
Piperales

Also known as

Peperomia sandersii and Watermelon Plant

How to care for Watermelon Peperomia

💦 Water

How often to water your Watermelon Peperomia

Water needs for Watermelon Peperomia
0.5 cups
every 9

Watermelon Peperomia 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 Peperomia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Watermelon Peperomia in your home

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

Watermelon Peperomia 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 Peperomia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Watermelon Peperomia

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Watermelon Peperomia: 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 Peperomia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Watermelon Peperomia is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Watermelon Peperomia →

Common Watermelon Peperomia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Watermelon Peperomia 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.

Watermelon Peperomia Water Frequency →

Watermelon Peperomia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Watermelon Peperomia 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 🏡.

Watermelon Peperomia Light Requirements →

Watermelon Peperomia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Watermelon Peperomia is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Watermelon Peperomia Toxicity to Dogs →

Watermelon Peperomia Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Watermelon Peperomia prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Watermelon Peperomia Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Watermelon Peperomia 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Watermelon Peperomia →


💩 Fertilizer

Watermelon Peperomia 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Watermelon Peperomia to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Watermelon Peperomia is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Watermelon Peperomia bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Watermelon Peperomia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Watermelon Peperomia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

Watermelon Peperomia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Watermelon Peperomia 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.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Watermelon Peperomia, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 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 Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia


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 Peperomia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 24
Watermelon Peperomia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 22
Watermelon Peperomia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Watermelon Peperomia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 13
Watermelon Peperomia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Watermelon Peperomia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Watermelon Peperomia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@AceViszsla avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
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globe Chattanooga, TN
03/31/2022

Pretty leaves. Not fussy— as long as you water it occasionally it looks good, healthy, and it thrives.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 90 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/26/2022

Pretty easy to take care of. Water every other week in winter (inside humidity around 60%). Likes south facing window.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Covington, IN
01/15/2022

I love my peperomia so so much

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 7,377 XP
globe Angus, Ontario
01/11/2022

This is my second watermelon peperomia and after learning a few mistakes with my first, this one is popping out new leaves quite often, even into the winter season, and is absolutely beautiful!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 8 Plants
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globe Chicago, IL
12/31/2021

I thought I had killed her but I got the hang of this plant and she sprouted 3 new leaves. I let the soil dry between watering

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,303 XP
12/12/2021

Just love the look of her

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 221 XP
11/04/2021

so pretty , stems very thick and new growth extremely fast

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Round Hill, VA
10/28/2021

Wally is my “full-sized” watermelon peperomia and I love this plant. The leaves are gorgeous! We got him at a big box store and he was the best of the worst. But a little TLC, pest treatment, fertilizer and sunshine and he’s showing out! Easy to care for, just water and forget. Check for pests weekly and spray with neem solution every 10days. And watch it thrive!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Hope Mills, NC
10/10/2021

This plant is quite tricky to navigate at times but as long as you know it’s needs and the warning signs, you can take care of it pretty easy. Be sure to look for signs of leaf curl as this means it is trying to retain moisture. This plant lovessss water and sucks it up right away. If it doesn’t have enough it drops and can break stems. Also very fragile leaves, be gentle! New leaves pop up all the time, sometimes several at the same time. Very pretty to look at and shimmers in the sunlight!

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@patiovert avatar
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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 671 XP
08/09/2021

Favorite plant ever. It’s so cute and is so easy to care for! I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@sarahellieb avatar
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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Fairview, NC
07/30/2021

not my fave but she isn’t poisonous so that’s a plus

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Kandy avatar
@Kandy
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 226 XP
globe Pensacola, FL
07/21/2021

Beautiful and looks like a watermelon design.

Fast grower Fast grower
@keila avatar
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 129 XP
06/27/2021

So easy to propagate. see a brown leave or a leave you don’t particularly like the way it looks? Cut it from the stem and cut the leave in half and plant both pieces in some soil and TA DAAA!!!🎊

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@lizabones avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 129 XP
06/17/2021

I love the way this plant looks, however the leaves tend to brown easily and I haven’t seen new growth just yet.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 35 Plants
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globe Saint Leonard, MD
05/26/2021

This plant takes a lot of tender loving care.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@omerksick avatar
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leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 760 XP
04/22/2021

Walmart done did this plant dirty so I had to bring him home and show him some love. He is recovering very nicely and has some baby leaves sprouting!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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