Watermelon Peperomia Care
Basic Watermelon Peperomia Care
We have totally fallen in love with the Watermelon Peperomia as they look incredible and are easy to propagate! Below you’ll find everything you need to care for a Watermelon Peperomia.
I prefer areas that aren't too bright or shady. Finding a balance is important.
I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.
Please make sure the air isn't too dry, otherwise I won't be a happy plant.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Detailed Watermelon Peperomia Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Watermelon Peperomia is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Can tolerate many light levels
Watermelon Peperomia plants are quite versatile when it comes to light conditions but will do best in medium to bright, indirect light. Try to avoid direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.
Whilst the Watermelon Peperomia can tolerate low light levels, you will start to see the new leaves have less variegation and be darker green.
They are very sensitive to overwatering
Overwatering can cause the most issues with Watermelon Peperomia so make sure that the potting mix is dry before watering again. Cut back on watering in winter as temperatures drop and there is less sunlight.
Average room temperature is ideal
Watermelon Peperomia plants need average temperatures (or slightly above) to thrive. They don’t do well in cold temperatures so keep them away from drafts and AC vents.
Mist a little during summer
Give your plant a little humidity boost in summer to help with the warmer temperatures. The best way to do this is by misting weekly or using a humidifier.
Feed your Watermelon Peperomia monthly during summer
If you choose to fertilise your Watermelon Peperomia then it’s important you only do this in the warmer months of spring and summer.
We recommend using a water-soluble fertiliser once a month. Make sure to dilute it at more than recommended to avoid fertiliser burn. There is no one fits all when it comes to fertiliser so you can’t assume what it says on the bottle will fit with every unique houseplant.
Propagate through pups or stem cuttings
Propagating your Watermelon Peperomia really couldn’t be easier as you can do it through pups, stem cuttings or leaf cuttings.
We recommend propagating through pups that grow from the mother plant as this is the most successful method. Simply cut the pups off the main stem and root them in water for a few weeks before migrating to fresh potting mix.
We recommend Watermelon Peperomia plants for bedrooms and offices as they are a natural air purifier meaning they remove toxins such as formaldehyde.
Watermelon Peperomia are safe for pets
Another reason we have fallen in love with the Watermelon Peperomia is that they are safe for pets. So you don’t need to worry if your furry friends have a bad habit of nibbling at your plants!
Common Problems with your Watermelon Peperomia
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
It can be a little tricky to know exactly why the leaves on your Watermelon Peperomia curl so we recommend going through the following and eliminating them one by one to find the cause: overwatering, low temperatures, low humidity, heat stress.
If you notice your Watermelon Peperomia losing leaves then it may be due to a drop in temperature or overwatering. We recommend you check the soil’s moisture first and replace if waterlogged. If watering isn’t the issue then try moving your Watermelon Peperomia to a warmer spot in your home (but away from direct light).
The occassional yellow leaf on a Watermelon Peperomia is totally fine as this is simply natural ageing. However, if the rate of yellowing is quite high then it’s a sign something ins’t quite right.
The two most common causes of yellow leaves on a Watermelon Peperomia are overwatering or too much direct light. Monitor the spot your plant is in to see how much light it receives and check the soil moisture level to confirm which is the cause.
Lighting issues can cause your Watermelon Peperomia to lose variegation on their leaves. If not receiving enough light, then the leaves will turn more solid green. If your plant is receiving too much light then the whole leaf will look faded.