Additional Plant Care
Stem cuttings can be used to make more Watermelon Peperomia plants. Take a cutting of a stem that is at least 3 inches long and has at least three leaves. Remove the leaves at the bottom of the cutting, leaving only a few at the top, and let the cutting dry out for a day or two. Plant the cutting in a mix of soil that drains well and keeps the soil moist but not soggy. Place the cutting in a bright area that isn't directly in the sun. You can also put the cutting in a plastic bag or a terrarium to make it more humid and help the roots grow. Be patient, because it may take a few weeks for the cutting to grow roots and start to grow. With this method of propagation, you can make new plants from your indoor Watermelon Peperomia plant to add to your collection or give to friends.
Watermelon Peperomia is a popular houseplant known for its attractive foliage that resembles the patterns found on watermelon rinds. The good news is that Watermelon Peperomia is considered non-toxic to humans, cats, dogs, and other common household pets. This plant is generally safe to have around, and accidental ingestion or contact with the Watermelon Peperomia plant is unlikely to cause significant harm. However, it's important to note that while the plant itself is non-toxic, it's still not recommended to consume the leaves or any parts of the plant, as it may cause minor gastrointestinal upset.
Every year or two, or when the plant has grown too big for its current pot, you should repot a watermelon Peperomia. To repot a Watermelon Peperomia plant, pick a new pot that is slightly bigger than the old one and has holes in the bottom for drainage. Then, fill the new pot with potting mix that drains well, leaving enough room at the top for the root ball of the Watermelon Peperomia plant. Carefully take the plant out of its pot, being careful not to hurt the roots. Loosen the roots gently and get rid of any that are dead or broken. Place the plant in the new pot, making sure that the top of the root ball is even with the top of the pot. If you need to, add or remove soil to get the plant to the right height.
Indoor Watermelon Peperomia plants don't need to be pruned often, but they can look neat and bushy if they are occasionally trimmed. First, find the stems or leaves that need to be cut on an indoor Watermelon Peperomia plant. Cut the stem back just above a leaf node or at the stem's base with pruners that are clean and sharp. This will make branches and new growth more likely. You can also cut off the tips of the stems to make them grow bushier. Be sure to clean your pruning shears before and after you use them to keep diseases from spreading. It's important not to cut off more than one-third of a plant at a time because doing so can cause stress and slow growth.
Feeding indoor Watermelon Peperomia plants on a regular basis helps them grow healthy roots and leaves. The best time to fertilize your plant is when it is growing, which usually happens between spring and fall. Use a balanced fertilizer that dissolves in water and dilute it to half the strength recommended. Before you put fertilizer on your plant, make sure it has plenty of water to keep the roots from getting burned. Apply the fertilizer every two weeks or as directed on the package. Don't use too much fertilizer, though, or the leaves will get burned and the plant won't grow as well. You can also add long-lasting nutrients to the soil by mixing in things like compost or worm castings. To keep salts and other chemicals from building up in the soil, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and use fertilizers made just for indoor plants.
Watermelon Peperomia plants do best in soil that drains well and is full of organic matter. A good mix of soil for Watermelon Peperomia plants should include peat moss, perlite or vermiculite, and some organic matter, like compost or old manure, to give the plant the nutrients it needs. The pH of the soil should be between 6.0 and 6.5. Don't use heavy or clay-filled soil mixes because they can cause the soil to hold on to too much water, which can cause root rot. It's also important to make sure the soil is loose and airy so that it drains well and the roots can get oxygen.