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Name: paislea
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paislea
Mar 14, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Hello everyone!

I ordered a gorgeous Pilea peperomioides online from a seller in Germany. It arrive today and it is in very poor condition. Being new to saving houseplants from death, I figured I would reach out and see if anyone has seen this and/or has any helpful hints. Here are my two obvious problems:

- The leaves and stems are a dark shade of green, almost a chocolate brown color.
- Many of the stems are wilted and/or snapped.

It was in a box since last Thursday, (5 days) so I don't know if I'm paranoid and just need to give it more time, or if it is in dire need of plant medical aid. :(

Please help!

Thank you,
Paislea
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2017 12:29 AM CST
I don't know anything about Pilea but that doesn't look good. The base of the plant still looks alive but the leaves look pretty hopeless. Maybe someone on this site knows what you need to do to save the plant.

I'll do some research in case no one gets back to you.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 15, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Hope you watered it as soon as you got it. Looks like improper S&H.
Pot it up and see what it does.
See if company has any guarantee.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Mar 15, 2017 6:06 PM CST
The dark colored leaves are typically a symptom of cold damage or exposure to a strong chemical. Peperomias are tropical species and do not tolerate temps below 55 degrees F. It seems likely that your plant suffered cold exposure on its trip from Germany. This is not a good time of year to ship tropical species plants.
Will Creed
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Especially if you don't bother to pack a plant heat pack with it. Was this an Ebay purchase? Maybe next time buy from a U.S. based company.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: paislea
salt lake city
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paislea
Mar 15, 2018 5:44 PM CST
Wow. Thank you so much to everyone who commented here. I ended up planting the pilea but the base of the plant started to rot. I ended up losing it. But, I have since purchased another from a US based seller (thanks for the suggestion daisyl) and the new pilea has produced 5 new babies. So things are going great. I am sorry for the huge delay in my response but I truly appreciate the help and suggestions!

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