Pellonia (Pellionia pulchra)

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Plant Details

Category: Houseplants
Light: Medium Light
Bloom Season:
Height: 3-4" / 
8-10cm
Space: 18-24" / 
46-61cm
Zones: 11, 12
Lowest Temp: 40° to 80°F / 
4° to 27°C
Colors: Grown for foliage

Basic Care

Thrives in a warm location with bright, indirect light. Keep soil consistently moist. Can be pruned freely to maintain desired size.

Water

Keep soil evenly moist.

Soil

Fertile, well-drained soil.

Feed

Once every month during growing season.

cascading plants

Cascading

Heat Tolerant

Ornamental Foliage

Containers

hanging baskets

Hanging Baskets

Features

A beautiful trailing plant native to regions of South East Asia. Produces a low, flat mass of satiny-textured foliage. The silver and green marbled leaves give the overall plant a soft glow. Occasionally prune back any leggy, older foliage to keep plant lush with new growth.

Uses

Looks great grown in containers and hanging baskets. A terrific plant for tall plant stands where the trailing foliage will create a cascade of foliage over time. Perfect for growing on a lightly shaded deck, patio, or porch during warm weather.

Pellonia (Pellionia pulchra) Care Guide

Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.

Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.

Companion/Combination Plants

2 Comments

  1. Emily

    My watermelon peperomia leaves have been falling off when I touch it. Is it too wet or is it sensitive?

    Reply
    • My Garden Life

      Hi Emily,
      There are a variety of reasons that your watermelon peperomia might be dropping leaves. Overwatering can be one of them. Make sure your plant is in a pot with a drainage hole so that water doesn’t accumulate in the pot. Allow the top inch of soil to dry in between thorough waterings. If you’re noticing the lower leaves of the plant yellowing, or stems turning mushy, that can also be a sign of overwatering.

      Watermelon peperomia leaves can also drop from underwatering. In this case you might notice the plant drooping overall with some leaves turning dry and crispy before falling off. Water thoroughly and going forward be sure to water when the top inch or two of soil is dry to the touch. Some leaf drop is normal for any houseplant as new leaves emerge, some older leaves will occasionally die. However, if the leaf loss seems excessive and your plant isn’t producing new growth, there is probably a problem.

      Also make sure your plant is getting sufficient light to support good health and stimulate new growth. Near a bright window, but not in direct sunlight, would be ideal.

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