If you own a Peperomia Argyreia also known as watermelon peperomia, propagation may be on your radar. The shiny and sparkling leaves of the watermelon peperomia are perfect for any room of your home.
As your peperomia grows, you can propagate it and turn it from one plant into multiple plants. The best way to propagate watermelon peperomia is to put cuttings in soil or water.
However, there are other steps to ensure your mother plant is healthy and ready to propagate.
Preparing The Peperomia Argyreia For Propagation
It is essential to see if your peperomia is healthy, an adult plant, and ready to be propagated.
To check if it is ready to propagate, inspect your plant closely.
Make sure there are no issues with the following:
- No droopiness in the leaves.
- No yellowing leaves.
- No signs of pests.
- No burnt leaves.
- No signs of root rot.
Checking for all these will ensure the mother plant is completely healthy and ready to propagate!
Watermelon Peperomia Soil Propagation
If you plan on propagating your watermelon peperomia in soil, you must do a few things.
You will need some supplies such as:
- Well draining potting mix
- Plastic zip-lock bag or freezer bag
- A sharp knife or cutting tool
- Small 4-inch pots for your cuttings
Once you have acquired the pertinent supplies, you can officially begin propagating your watermelon peperomia.
Trim Off Leaves
You should cut off a few leaves from the mother plant. This should be done by cutting the end of a stem with your cutting tool.
If you notice your cutting is long, you should trim the stem to at least ¼” of an inch.
You can also take cutting by cutting leaves in half.
Plant The Cuttings
Once you have gotten a few cuttings together, you will then plant two leaves in one four-inch pot.
You will then take a zip lock or a freezer bag and put it over the small pots with the cuttings. You will still leave it open slightly to allow the cuttings to cycle out air.
The bag will fog up due to moisture. However, it is necessary to keep the humidity high to allow the cuttings to create roots.
Maintain Water And Humidity
Make sure you place your cuttings in a warm spot in your home. However, the cuttings should not be in direct sunlight. It would be best to place these in a south-facing window.
You must water your cutting every 4 or 5 days, maintaining humidity and moisture. You will not see any roots pop out until about 4 to 6 weeks.
By the second month, you will see the roots and eventually repot the cutting in a bigger pot.
Propagating Watermelon Peperomia in Water
It is not necessary to propagate your peperomia in water. However, it will still work if you decide to use water propagation!
You will need stem cuttings instead of leaves, as it is easy to give the leaf cuttings root rot in water propagation.
To water propagate your watermelon peperomia, you will have to follow these steps:
- Find a narrow and tall glass, vase, or clear cup. It is important to avoid any glass bottle that has a skinny neck, as the roots will get damaged as you remove the plantlets.
- Submerge the cutting halfway into the water, so the other half is exposed to the air.
- Place the cutting in a warm location, not in direct sunlight. Preferably a south-facing window.
- Change the water out regularly.
- The first roots will not emerge until around 4 to 6 weeks or a week into the growing summer months.
- Once the roots are 2″ inches long, you can pot them in a small pot with well-draining soil.
More on Caring For Peperomia
- How To Save Overwatered Peperomia Plants – overwatering can do a lot of harm and even kill your peperomia plant. This article shares info on diagnosing, treating, and preventing overwatering Peperomias.