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Name: Nakita
Powell, WY (Zone 4b)
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Nakita90
Aug 18, 2019 4:47 PM CST
I've this for about a year with no clue what it is. It's had its ups and downs, but it's recently gone down hill fast. Since I can't figure out what it is, I can't research how to care for it.

I also pulled off some healthy leaves and stuck them in the dirt to see if they'd root just in case the plant doesn't make it. Is there a better way to propagate?
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2019 4:49 PM CST
It's a variety of Peperomia Maybe Red Edge Peperomia (Peperomia tricolor) ?

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Hamwild
Aug 18, 2019 6:08 PM CST
I agree

KathyLong
Aug 18, 2019 6:16 PM CST
It' a Hoya! So lovely! And it is the 3 color variation. Lucky you! They just don't enjoy being cooped up, or left out in the cold, or left in broad sunlight.
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Hamwild
Aug 18, 2019 6:21 PM CST
KathyLong said:It' a Hoya! So lovely! And it is the 3 color variation. Lucky you! They just don't enjoy being cooped up, or left out in the cold, or left in broad sunlight.


Unfortunately, the leaves don't match that of a Hoya. It also has stems, whereas a Hoya is a vine. Smiling

Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2019 6:52 PM CST
It is succulent, like some Hoyas but the plant in Nakita90's photo is definitely a Peperomia.



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~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 19, 2019 12:48 PM CST
Your Peperomia (not Hoya!) looks like it is rotting because the stems are in a pot that is too large and in a potting mix that is not as porous as it should be.

Try using a potting mix that is two-thirds peat moss and one-third perlite. Mix in enough water to get it damp and use a small 3 or 4-inch pot and insert the stems into it. keep it warm and in a moderately sunny location. Monitor the soil moisture carefully to keep it damp, but not wet. That's the hard but critical part.
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tysori
Aug 28, 2019 11:04 AM CST
Hi there, my mom gave me this sad house plant, what is it? it's about 14 inches tall and stocky. Thanks in advance.

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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Aug 28, 2019 11:37 AM CST
Hi tysori, Welcome to the site!

To my old eyes, your plant looks like a very etiolated Dieffenbachias (Dieffenbachia) that has been grown in insufficient light. Dieffenbachia requires bright light but no direct sun. For a bushier plant, prune the stems back and new growth will sprout below where the cuts are made. The cut stems can be stuck back in the pot to take root or potted up separately for additional plants.

I'm sure others will chime in with advice and suggestions before long.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Aug 28, 2019 2:05 PM CST
@tysori - As usual, Lin's young eyes are spot-on. I agree with all that she has posted here.
Will Creed
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

tysori
Aug 29, 2019 8:25 AM CST
Thank you for the welcome and advice. This little guy has been stumping us for some time. Now we can give him the care he needs :)

Thank You!

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