Although this exotic creeper grows in tropical forests, it adapts well as a house- plant and looks especially good in a hanging basket. It produces a profusion of succulent stems that carry fleshy, elliptic leaves up to 2in/5cm long.
These are bronze to olive green with a pale green band in the center. This creeper enjoys plenty of light, warmth, high humidity, and a protected position.
Pellioniapulchra, satin pellionia, has green stems with a pink tinge and pale gray-green leaves marked with brown-black veins.
ORIGIN Burma; Vietnam; Malaysia.
HEIGHT To 2ft/60cm.
REPOTTING Move to a pot one size larger each spring until a 5-in/13-cm pot is reached.
PROPAGATION In summer, by division; make sure that each section has some roots. Or take 2-in/5-cm-long stem cuttings at any time.
KEEPING PLANTS The plant should live for several years, but divide it every 2-3 years to prevent it becoming spindly.
Trailing Watermelon Begonia PLANT CARE
- Bright light or partial shade; no direct sunlight.
- Warm room temperature, 65°—85°F/ 18°-29°C.
- Water well all year.
- Humidity is essential; stand the pot on a dish of moist pebbles and mist the plant daily.
- Apply weak liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from spring to fall.