Watermelon Peperomia - Peperomia argyreia

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Scientific Name
Peperomia argyreia (silvery pepper-like plant)

Common Name
Watermelon Peperomia, Watermelon Pepper, Watermelon Begonia, prev. Peperomia Sandersii

Native to South America, especially more northern areas.

It's easy to see where the Watermelon Peperomia gets its name from; the vibrant silver-and-green stripes look just like the huge round fruits, and the stems are a dark purple-red colour just like the watermelon's inside. These can grow up to a foot tall in perfect conditions; ours are a slightly more manageable size, and happy Watermelon Peperomias will grow their canopy in a dome shape over the pot. You can even propagate this species with a single leaf; just cut your leaf it in half and sit it on soil to root! A Watermelon Peperomia is sure to be an eyecatching addition to your home, and will reward the right amount of light and care with its stunning, compact foliage.

Likes bright, indirect light; will benefit from a splash of morning or evening sun in autumn and winter.


Thoroughly water once the top third of the soil has dried out; make sure you don't leave the plant itself wet as this can cause it to rot.

Thrives in higher humidity, so will appreciate a humidity tray or more frequent misting.


Use a dense, well-draining mix. Repot every three years in spring as the plant grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six or seven in autumn and winter. Pre-water the soil before applying 'ready to use' products to protect the roots.


Ideal temperature is 18-26°C; make sure it does not get colder than 12°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
If your plant is in a darker location, poke the soil gently with a chopstick or similar to provide ventilation and mimic the actions of earthworms and other critters- this will reduce the risk of root rot!

All our plants come in a plastic nursery pot as standard.
Decorative pots are sold separately and can be found here.

You can use our handy size filter to find the perfect pot!
For plants the size on the dropdown is the size of the nursery pot the plant comes in. For pots the size on the dropdown is the pots internal diameter. For example, if you select a 12cm pot and a 12cm plant, they should fit perfectly together.