Peperomia argyreia otherwise known as watermelon Peperomia, due to the magnificent foliage. Just look at that pattern! If you’re looking for an easy plant with striking foliage this is the guy for you. Also propagating these guys is super simple!
I got mine at the end of autumn I think, and I’ve already been able to break it up and repot the cutting. Both of mine are in east facing windows and they seem to be happy. Both are sending off some new growth, which is always a great sign!
common name: watermelon peperomia
light: Bright/indirect, preferably east or west facing. Low light levels will stunt the growth.
water: They like light airy conditions so be careful not to overwater. Really allow the soil to dry out between waterings, espically in winter or if your flat is cold like mine.
top tip: Your Peperomia will appreciate some humidity – mist him occasionally.
why get one? – Is here a better reason then just to get then because of the foliage, they’re just so cool! Plus their flowers are well weird!
Pilea peperomioides is definitely at the top of my list for favourite plants and a must have. They are SO easy to care for and I think, one of the most versatile plants out there. Not only does it have interesting foliage, they produce pups rapidly which makes them super easy to propagate.
I got my Pilea sometime in 2017, late summer/early autumn. It already produced one pup when I bought it, but I’ve been able to take 3 cuttings from it! The largest cutting I’m water propagating and the two smaller ones I’m using soil. I just like to get experimental and get hands on to learn.
common name: Chinese money plant.
light: Bright / dappled sun – careful not to leave it in full sun for too long, this could burn the leaves. Mine seems to do well getting some morning sun or late afternoon light.
water: During the growing season you want the keep the soil slightly moist and allowing the top layer of soil to dry out. During winter months reduce watering and allow the soil to dry out a little bit more. – Be careful of central heating this might make the soil to dry out quicker. Best way to check if the plant needs watering is to stick your finger in the soil. Depending on how much soil is on your finger, you’ll be able to tell if your plant needs watering.
Top tip: Keep rotating the plant for it to evenly grow.
Why get one? – Not only does it propagate easily (you can share these cuttings with friends), the foliage is extremely interesting to look at and has a high leaf turn over. There’s nothing better than being able to watch new leaves coming through.