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Plant Know-How: Peperomia argyreia

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Nothing quite says summer like watermelon, and what better way to usher in warmer weather than with Watermelon Peperomia! Peperomia argyreia, or Watermelon Peperomia, might be the most popular Peperomia, and it's easy to understand why. With it's mini watermelon leaves and bright red stems, we think it's just too cute to pass up! Like many of its relatives  Peperomia argyreia is an epiphytic plant that is native to the humid rainforests of South America. It's well suited to growing in a home condition, and given time can grow into a wonderfully bushy specimen. Peperomia can sometimes give people a hard time in cultivation, with such a wide range of species in the Peperomia family it can be hard to nail down their care. We have all the info you need here to get off on the right foot with your Peperomia argyreia!
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Light: Peperomia argyreia does best in bright, indirect light. They may grow in medium indirect light but your plant may produce smaller leaves or weak stems.

Water: Water your Peperomia argyreia when about half to 3/4ths of the soil has gone dry. Peperomia argyreia is a plant that will tell you when it's gone too dry. If your plant is fully limp don't worry! Just give it a good soak and it'll perk right back up.

Did you know? Because Peperomia are an epiphytic genera they do best potted in an airy well draining soil mix. If you find your Peperomia is struggling it may be because your soil is too compacted. Try switching your Pepeormia's soil mixture to something with added coco coir, bark, or perlite. 

Ready to bring home this summery plant? We have Peperomia argyreia available in store!