Houseplant of the Week: Watermelon Peperomia

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Looking for an easy indoor plant that doesn’t take up too much room and comes in a wide range of colors and varieties? Then you might want to pick a peck of peperomia.

There’s well over a thousand varieties of these plants, but one of our favorites is the P. argyreia, whose silver stripes against dark green leaves make it look like a watermelon skin!

Peperomia tolerate low light relatively well, but they will be happiest in medium to bright indirect light. But don’t allow direct sunshine to hit those beautiful leaves; if given too much light, the colors and patterns that make this plant so special will fade.

Water your Peperomia sparingly. Wait until the top 50% – 75% of the soil is dry, then water until liquid flows through the drainage holes at the bottom. Discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. Many types of Peperomia can hold water in their leaves, so it’s not a death sentence if you go on vacation or forget to water them once in a while.