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One of the Watermelon Peperomia‘s biggest causes of anxiety when it comes to houseplants is watering them. Some people forget and don’t water their plants enough, others panic and overwater them. Then you realise that different houseplants need different amounts of water!
The good news about your Watermelon Peperomia is that when it comes to watering, your plant isn’t too fussy and you’re not likely to kill it from over or under watering unless you completely neglect it or drown your plant.
So how much water does your Watermelon Peperomia need? Let’s take a look.
A Watermelon Peperomia is not a plant that needs to be kept moist all the time. You can allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering. A good rule of thumb is to test the top two inches of soil and when that is dry to water your plant.
If you find it difficult to gauge when your plant needs watering then consider using a moisture meter. Insert the probes into the soil and when you get a reading of around 2 or even 1 it’s time to water your plant. Don’t let your plant stay at 1 for a long time between waterings as you don’t want your soil to be bone dry but do allow it to reach these levels. This will help you avoid overwatering your plant.
Watering Your Watermelon Peperomia
When you water your plant make sure you do so thoroughly and that your pot has draining holes so your Peperomia isn’t sitting in water as this can promote root rot.
Watermelon Peperomia also react well to being watered from the bottom up, so don’t hesitate to do this instead of watering directly into the soil.
Obviously each plant reacts differently depending on the environment its living it, so its important to learn how to read the signs your plant is giving you to find out if its being over or under watered to prevent damage.
In the summer plants you may need to water your plant more and in the winter months less. So make sure you test your soil and see how long it takes to dry out in the different seasons. If you have heating in your house this may counteract the effects of the winter months but it’s best to check to be on the safe side.
You’re probably looking at watering your Watermelon Peperomia once a week but don’t stick to this schedule if the soil hasn’t had a chance to dry out yet. And in the winter months you may need to drop the watering to once every two weeks but as mentioned above make sure you check the soil before you do this.
If you have problems gauging the moisture of the soil then dont hesitate to look into buying a moisture probe which can do all of the work for you.
Important! There are other factors which will influence how often you need to water your Watermelon Peperomia. The humidity level can have a big influence. If you live somewhere humid then you may find you need to water your plant a lot less than if you live somewhere with dry air. You may want to consider misting your Watermelon Peperomia too.
Also, don’t place your Peperomia on a radiator or it will dry the soil out.
Hopefully that has given you enough information so you feel confident when it comes to watering your Watermelon Peperomia.
Heather wiese says
Okay but what should the moisture meter read before you water? Every plant is different so that’s a key piece of info for using one
Thank you for your feedback! Of course I should have included that in the first place! I’ve added it in now under the section where I talked about moisture probes.