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Watermelon Peperomia, or Peperomia argyreia, gets its name from the fact that its beautiful patterned green leaves are thought to resemble the rind / skin of a watermelon.
This plant is native to South America, and has succulent-like qualities (such as a degree of drought resistance) which can help make it a great choice for beginner plant owners or those who want low-maintenance plants without compromising on their appearance.
The unique foliage patterning of Watermelon Peperomias makes them a lovely display plant and conversation starter without having to deal with the pickiness of more difficult patterned plants, such as some tropical plants.
Overwatering is the most common problem with this one, so make sure that it dries up properly between waterings.
Allow the top layer of your Watermelon Peperomia's soil to dry out between waterings. They have a small root system, meaning that they can be particularly susceptible to root rot. A telltale sign of too much water is yellowing of the leaves, so keep an eye out for that.
In the wild, they grow sheltered under the canopies of taller trees, therefore they don't need too much sunlight. They can survive in shade or indirect light - just make sure they don't get too much sunlight, as this can cause their leaves to burn. If you have south-facing windows that get plenty of full sun, make sure to place your Watermelon Peperomia a safe distance away from the window.
With the right care, Watermelon Peperomias may flower!
This plant is non-toxic to cats and dogs, so is suitable for households with pets.