Also known as the Watermelon Peperomia. The watermelon peperomia plant is native to Southern China.
Bertie the watermelon peperomia will thrive in bright, indirect light. Keep Bertie about a metre away from an east or west-facing window so his leaves don’t burn. The watermelon peperomia is quite an adaptable plant and can cope with most lighting and living conditions.
Allow Bertie’s soil to dry out a little before you water him again. Feel the first inch of the soil and only water when it’s dry. The watermelon peperomia prefers its soil on the moist side and will react badly to soggy or dry soil.
The watermelon peperomia prefers a humid environment. Place Bertie in a humid room like a bathroom or use a pebble tray underneath his pot. Keep Bertie away from radiators, underfloor heating and fireplaces as these heat sources will dry out his foliage. Find out how you can increase humidity here.
The watermelon peperomia can tolerate temperatures of 15-30°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 15°C, Bertie will be happy.
Peperomias are fast growers and should be fertilised with our fortifying fertiliser once a month in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months as this could send Bertie into shock during his dormancy period.
The watermelon peperomia should be repotted when you see plenty of large roots sticking out of his nursery holes. This will most likely be once every 1-2 years. Go peat free with our environmentally friendly peat free potting soil.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR WATERMELON PEPEROMIA
Drooping leaves - The drooping foliage is a sign that the watermelon peperomia is ready for a drink. Feel the first two inches of soil and only water if dry.
Brown edges/spots - This can be caused by a bad reaction to tap water. Make sure you’re using filtered or rain water.
Yellow leaves or dropping leaves - This can often be caused from overwatering stress. Check that the first few inches of soil is dry before Bertie gets watered again.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Rotate his pot weekly for more even growth.
Top tip 3: Use our beautifying leaf shine every 2-3 weeks. Clean leaves will help to absorb more light.