The Peperomia (Pep-er-rome-mia) Argyreia (Ar-gy-ree-uh) is an eye-catching and very interesting flowering plant that was first discovered in South America. They have been nicknamed the watermelon plant due to the similar markings on their leaves.
They are amazing as purifying the air.
They are not actually succulents; peperomia is a species of plant that require less light and more humidity than the average succulent.
They produce tiny green flowers throughout the year that appear on long red spikes that grow between the leaves.
Care and tips:
🌞 = Prefers indirect light, leaves easily burn in direct sunlight.
💧= Allow soil to completely dry between waters, then water and be sure to drain any excess water left as this will create a root rot problem. If in doubt, give the leaves a mist or raise the humidity in the room if still looking a little droopy after watering.
🐶🐱👶= Not known to be poisonous when eaten, but we would still recommend keeping out of reach of tiny humans and furry creatures just in case!
Fairly easy to propagate, and can be done any time of the year; take a leaf with stem, leave on top of sand or well-draining soil and wait until it produces roots. Or take a leaf, and slice lightly with a sharp knife across the veins, again place on sand or soil and allow to grow roots.
Things to look out for:
Overwatering: succulents, in general, are very prone to overwatering as they store a lot of their water in their leaves, don't allow to sit in water or this can cause root rot which could cause the stems and leaves to have a mushy, brown appearance and die.
Underwatering: If underwatered, the leaves and stems can look empty and shrivelled/dried up. They might also droop to indicate this.
Dark leaves = not enough light.