I just bought this plant, but I can’t figure out its name, so I don’t know how to care for it. Please help!
Your plant is called a Watermelon Peperomia. Here are some care instructions for it.
Peperomia grow best in bright indirect light provided by a west or east facing, window. They also do well under florescent lights. Insufficient light causes the slow growing Peperomia to stop growing all together. Direct sunlight burns the leaves.
Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. Over-watering is the main cause of serious Peperomia problems. Root rot is the direct result of over–watering. Peperomia do well when watered from the bottom. This technique keeps water off of the leaves and helps prevent plant diseases. The thick leaves of a Peperomia hold water and allow it to withstand long periods without moisture.
Ringspot, a virus that marks the leaves with unsightly round marks, may develop because of the high humidity a Peperomia likes. Since there is no good treatment for this disease, damaged leaves and even the entire infected plant may have to be thrown out. Keep the leaves dry and provide good air circulation to prevent ring spot..
Use a well-aerated loose potting soil that drains well.
Repot only when the plant has out-grown its existing pot. Always use the next size pot and be sure it has good drainage. Putting a Peperomia in a pot that is too large allows the soil to stay too wet and causes root rot.
A Peperomia can be pruned at any point along the stem. The new growth develops from the node just below the cut in the stem.