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LilyoftheValley
May 11, 2020 1:36 PM CST
Hello, I ordered this peperomia ginny online about a month ago, and noticed a couple weeks ago some of the stems/leaves were mushy. I went in and repotted with fresh potting mix and removed all the affected stems and roots and let it dry out for a while and watered about a week ago. I just noticed that one leaf was droopy and soft, possibly root rot again, and pulled it away. I suspect my potting mix isn't well draining enough, so I think I should go and refresh the mix again with some perlite, and also add a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the pot, especially since the roots are not long at all. However, I'm worried that all this work will harm the plant more than help it, since I was just messing around with the roots just a couple weeks ago. Any suggestions?
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WillC
May 11, 2020 2:28 PM CST
Your plant may be reacting to the repotting you did. It takes time for a plant to settle in after repotting. Changing the soil yet again will probably make matters worse. Concentrate on better watering so the roots dry out properly between waterings.

I suggest that you remove all the soil you added to the top of the original rootball so that the uppermost roots are just barely covered. That will allow oxygen to penetrate the root zone more readily. Then wait until the top half-inch of remaining soil is dry before adding just enough water so that it dries out similarly again in a week. Experiment a bit to see just what the right amount of water is.

Keep it close to a moderately sunny window and keep it warm.
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Sirch
May 11, 2020 3:40 PM CST
I also have a new Peperomia Ginny. I found the Planterina youtube houseplant videos by Amanda very helpful in caring for it. She offers a couple videos that discuss peperomia care. Don't repot or fertilize as soon as you get them, give them 2-3 months to adjust to their new home, Don't overwater. Clay pots were better than plastic ones as the soil dries out quicker. Following her advice I haven't killed anything yet. I have only watered it twice since I got it in March and plan to repot it into a clay pot in June.

LilyoftheValley
May 12, 2020 9:51 AM CST
Thank you both for the responses! I will avoid repotting and pull back on watering. I love Planterina, I will seek out her videos on peperomias! Thanks again!

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