Plant Profile: Procis repens

The Procis repens was recently reclassified, and was formally known as ‘Pellionia repens’
This evergreen trailing vine is a perfect shelf plant, but can also be grown easily in a terrarium.
Commonly known as ‘Trailing watermelon begonia’ (however this plant is neither). Named begonia due to leaf placement similarities, and ‘watermelon’ due to its watermelon rind leaf colouring.

Caring for Procis repens is straightforward if you’re living in the tropics – these plants love high humidity. They do ok with a bit of neglect, but given the right care, they are vigorous growers.


As with any plant, more light = more food = a happier plant.
This species can survive in a lower light corner of the room, but they’ll lose their variegation and their growth will be stunted.
Whenever possible, medium to bright indirect light is always recommended for the majority of indoor plants.


Water thoroughly when the soil is dry. Watering a little bit every few days can lead to shallow root growth and root rot. Watering every week or two will allow the roots to grow well and have time to breathe.
When watering, ensure water runs through the potting mix easily.


Always choose a pot with drainage holes, to prevent root rot.
The pot you choose will determine watering frequency – terracotta, unlike plastic, is porous, so you may need to water more often. Choose a potting mix thats loose & organic. Procis repens can grow in sphagnum moss alone, but a mix of coco-peat, compost and perlite works well and is more readily available.


Light fertilising every month during growing season, using a balanced liquid fertiliser.
Adding a slow release granule fertiliser in the potting mix is also an option.


Easily grown from stem or tip cuttings, in soil, water, perlite or sphagnum.
Always use a clean and sharp secateur when propagating, to prevent stem damage or bacteria introduction to the new cutting.