Plant Care Watermelon Peperomia

Watermelon Peperomia

4.4 out of 5 (55 experiences)

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

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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.

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!


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Yellow Leaves

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
@Aceviszsla
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 505 XP
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
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 90 Plants
xp 7,953 XP
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
Kturpin23 avatar
@Kturpin23
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 139 XP
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
Silverlinings avatar
@Silverlinings
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,669 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
Semilla_person6 avatar
@Semilla_person6
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 336 XP
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
Luminesaint avatar
@Luminesaint
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
Rinnyk avatar
@Rinnyk
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,653 XP
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
Hannah.danielss avatar
@Hannah.danielss
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 132 XP
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
@Patiovert
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
@Sarahellieb
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 7,922 XP
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
@Keila
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
@Lizabones
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
Jackinbox45 avatar
@Jackinbox45
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 5,449 XP
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
@Omerksick
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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