Watermelon peperomia

Peperomia argyreia; Watermelon begonia

Why we love Annie

Her little watermelon leaves could not be cuter. Adorable and very easy to care for, she’s an ideal gift plant.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

It’s very easy to propagate her and make new plants. Just carefully cut off a leaf, dip it in rooting powder and put it in compost. Voila. New Annie.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Peperomia argyreia


Watermelon peperomia; Watermelon begonia

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe


Nursery pot size


About Watermelon peperomia

You probably don’t need telling that the watermelon peperomia is no relation to the watermelon. Don’t grow this expecting fruit. It gets its name because the leaves look like tiny watermelons.

In the wild, it’s found mainly in South America. It grows in moist areas, often on rotting wood. It’s a very compact plant, rarely growing taller than about 20cm. In the summer, you may see it flower but its blooms are not its finest feature, just teeny green spikes. The leaves are far prettier.

Outside South America, it’s primarily grown as a houseplant. It’s pretty low effort. It likes moist but not soggy soil and a good amount of indirect light. That’s all the effort required for this little beauty. You can also go the extra mile by giving it a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer, to help it grow big and strong.

Did you know?

There are almost 2,500 species of peperomia, in a huge variety of different shapes and colours.