It is well known that if something is too good to be true, then it probably is just that, too good to be true. There now follows a salutary lesson and an admission of shame.
I have written recently about my plant obsession for peperomias. I had a brief buying spree collecting a few choice plants. One of the plants high on that list was the Watermelon peperomia. It has such luscious leaves with beautiful markings which are similar to the skin of a watermelon.
It took me a while to track a plant down. I hunted here and there, roaming the internet a bit like a wolf loping through the forests. I found plenty of places selling seeds, but I was struggled to find an actual plant; though I was eventually successful and it is a healthy lovely plant.
Whilst still mid-hunt a desperation began to set in so I started to look more closely at the seeds on offer. There were (are) lots of different sellers and lots of different prices. A lot of sellers were overseas but the costs quite low. I looked at how easy they were to germinate and decided it was worth a go. My confidence was not high so I went for a low price rather than waste my money, this was not my best idea.
The seeds duly arrived a couple of days later. I opened the envelope and looked in expectantly. I did not know what I was looking at, but I was pretty sure they were not peperomia seeds. I knew that peperomia seeds are tiny and powdery looking. These seeds looked more like, well........ more like........ melon seeds.
I sighed, laughed and kicked myself for my own stupidity at not buying from a recognised/credible seller and sowed the seeds anyway. Why not I thought.
These plants are melon seedlings of some sort. If they actually produce melons I will carve wise words into them - buyer beware.
Here would have endeth the lesson, but there is a postscript.
When my peperomia plants arrived earlier in the year, a leaf or two had come off in transit. I had been looking up how to propagate plants and leaf cuttings were often mentioned as a good method. I have had very poor success generally when trying leaf cuttings, but I had some healthy looking broken off leaves and I thought it was worth a go. I popped them into a pot and kept them warm on the kitchen window sill. I check the pot every now and again and not a lot was happening as far as I could see. But....
look look look look look! Signs of a little baby peperomia. I have always regarded the first signs of seeds germinating as proof of magic existing; if a cutting roots in a pot or in water that is also the sign of the super natural, but a leaf cutting actually working is just the most exciting moment of all.