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Blacksburg, VA
rsjess
Apr 10, 2019 3:42 PM CST
I have noticed the leaves on my peperomia are starting to turn brown. I have created a water table in my pot and I was watering it every 3-4 days but recently found out it should be watered every 10-15 days. Could this be the reason why my leaves are turning brown?
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WillC
Apr 11, 2019 11:41 AM CST
The problem does not appear to be too serious.

What is a water table? Can you post a photo that shows the pot?
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Blacksburg, VA
rsjess
Apr 21, 2019 8:28 AM CST
I have placed medium sized rocks about 1 inch in the bottom of the pot to create a water table. I think I may have been watering too much.
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WillC
Apr 21, 2019 8:39 AM CST
Does your pot not have a drain hole?
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plantladylin
Apr 21, 2019 8:56 AM CST
Rocks/Pebbles in the bottom of plant containers is not a good idea and likely the cause of the issue with your Red Edge Peperomia (Peperomia tricolor)

Placing rocks, gravel, pebbles at the bottom of the containers does not aid in drainage but rather allows water to build up, keeping the bottom most layer of soil too wet which will cause root issues. That being said, your plant doesn't look bad. I'd gently remove it from it's pot, dump all the rocks out, add a bit of soil to the bottom of the pot (enough so that the plant is at the same height as when you originally obtained) and gently sit the plant (with the rootball intact) back down into the pot.

I don't know why plant labels give information on when/how often a plant should be watered because it's usually unwarranted. A plant should be watered when it needs it and that is determined by cultural conditions of the grower, like the type of soil components used, how quickly that particular soil dries out, etc. ... which may be once a week, once every two weeks or even longer. It's something that is learned by watching your plant and getting into the routine of checking them to see how soon the top inch or so of soil feels dry.
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Blacksburg, VA
rsjess
Apr 21, 2019 10:45 AM CST
To WillC:
My pot does not have a drain hole.

To plantladylin:
That probably explains why this has been happening. Tomorrow is supposed to be a pretty day so I will replant it and see how it does.
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plantladylin
Apr 21, 2019 12:14 PM CST
It needs a pot with holes to allow for drainage and good air circulation.
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WillC
Apr 21, 2019 5:45 PM CST
When you repot, try to keep the rootball intact and move it into a pot that ideally doesn't require you to add any additional soil and of course has a drain hole. Disturb the roots as little as possible and keep it tightly potted.

Protect it from any direct outdoor sun.
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Blacksburg, VA
rsjess
Apr 22, 2019 6:49 AM CST
What do you mean by rootball?
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plantladylin
Apr 22, 2019 10:00 AM CST
rsjess said:What do you mean by rootball?

The area, consisting of the mass of roots and soil, formed by the plant in it's original nursery container. To deter stress to a plant when repotting, it's always best to leave as much of the root system intact (with as much original soil as possible).


When I first got interested in growing indoor plants, 50+ years ago, I was advised to get a larger pot, remove all of the soil from the plant, pull the roots apart, spread them out atop the new soil and add more soil to within an inch of the top of the new pot, which was ... really bad advice. I learned by trial and error that when you purchase a plant that appears happy and healthy, it's best to not change anything. A happy, healthy plant that will be grown indoors as a houseplant can remain in it's original nursery container for a quite few years without any problems. When the time comes that it does indeed need a larger container, it's best to go up in size gradually, a size just a bit larger than the original pot.
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Blacksburg, VA
rsjess
Apr 23, 2019 11:33 AM CST
Yes I know what you're talking about now. My mother has also told me to lightly pull about the roots at the bottom.
I have placed it in a new container with drain holes. I will keep you guys on it's progress.

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