Watermelon Begonia

Friday, April 24, 2009

Watermelon begonia (Peperomia Argyreia) has leaves with pale green stripes. It is a slow growing plant and can be placed either outdoor (but undershade like mine below) or indoor.



The pattern of this begonia leaf resembles the pattern of a watermelon, hence its name. Below is a picture of leaves from my garden next to one of watermelons, looking like twin sisters :-)




When I told my husband about the name of this begonia, he was pleased to know that a plant has taken its name after watermelon, his favourite fruit!

In Vietnam there is a
folklore on watermelon, a story about individuals who established a successful life by working hard... very interesting. Hopefully we can be successful gardeners too after working hard on our gardens!

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13 comments

  1. They really look like watermelons. You could've fooled me! You've really opened up my eyes to the world of plants :)

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  2. isn't this one pretty.. one of my favorite foods also ..
    happy Friday !

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  3. Oh wow, I love that begonia!!! Is it one that's easy to propagate?

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  4. Hi Steph. I like the side-by-side shot. It sure makes a nice looking Begonia. I'm a big fan of watermelon, too. This year I planted some Orangeglo watermelon. And yes, the flesh is supposed to be orange. Crazy.

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  5. Haha, you did a good compare, they really look like twins. Cute! :)

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  6. Great story about the begonia and watermelon

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  7. Hi Steph. I don't have Kaempferia galanga. Do you still have yours? What's your yearly temperature range?

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  8. Hi Prospero, yes, I still have the Kaempferia Galanga plant. Currently, the plant is not in good shape as it has been hot and no rain for past two weeks. Nonetheless, I hope one day the leaves will show the pattern. The average temperature is 32 degree Celsius (that's 89 degree Fahreinheit).

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  9. very identical to watermelon... how interesting!!.... the shape is similar to daun sireh and pokok kaduk.... cheers!! ~ bancghik

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  10. Stephanie,
    I always learn something new and interesting when reading your blog. I'll look for this begonia for my late-season garden. Cheers!

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  11. Stephanie,
    Such a nice fotographis comparison between watermelons and peperomia :). Thank you,
    Magdalena

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  12. Hi Stephanie, I used to have a peperomia plant in college...I believe mine was green and not the watermelon type. I just love those striped leaves! Yours are beautiful!

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  13. Loved the comparison, Stephanie. Great photos!!

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