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Mar 16, 2019 8:23 PM CST
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Hi all, first time posting here, but my plant is dying... I got this peperomia clusiifolia about three months ago, and when I first got it it looked a lot more healthier than right now. But now it looks like it's about to die. I only water about once every two weeks. I never put it under direct sunlight. I did notice some bug problems though. Does the symptoms look familiar to anyone?
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Mar 16, 2019 11:17 PM CST
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Welcome!

Peperomia clusiifolia likes to be moist (not wet) all the time. Water when the soil surface is dry to the touch.
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Mar 16, 2019 11:20 PM CST
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Looks very dry, the soil has actually shrunk away from the sides of the pot. Way too dry.
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Mar 16, 2019 11:51 PM CST
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When your plant starts to suffer from a lack of water, it's systems start to break down if you will. It becomes more susceptible to both diseases and insect attacks.
It is so dry. Hopefully it can recover.
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Mar 17, 2019 12:06 AM CST
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The compost looks bone dry. Is next to a fan and computer? May be in too hot a location with not enough natural light.
You need to water thoroughly until the water runs into the saucer. Then when the top inch or so feels dry.
If there are bugs involved it may be too far gone to recover. Personally I'd start again.
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Mar 17, 2019 6:30 AM CST
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Hi fearlessalphabet, Welcome!

I agree, your Red Edge Peperomia (Peperomia tricolor) appears to have been kept entirely too dry. Depending on the amount of water you've been supplying, only watering every two weeks may not be enough. I'd keep it in it's original container and fill in around the pot edge with additional soil, gently tamping it down so the plant sits firm. Sit the pot in a tub of water and allow it to soak just until until the top of the soil appears moist; remove it from the tub and allow the excess water to drain from the pot and then place it back onto the saucer.

You should always pour water onto the soil until it freely drains from the bottom of the pot and never allow water to sit in the saucer, always empty the excess and water again when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry to touch when you stick your finger down into the soil.
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