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Portland, OR
Jan 13, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Hello everyone! I am So sad, I ginally Got myself a Pilea Peperomiodes and right from the beginning she had droopy leaves. A few weeks ago I took Her back to the plant store and they told me it was normal as the plant was in shock from moving. They told me to gently pull off all the lower droopy leaves so that new ones would come in, which I did. But the new ones are so pathetic Sad very weak and curled under (please see photos)
I dont Overwater it, it sits near an Eastern window so lots of early light and I have A humidifier in the room... It's winter here in portland so it can get very dry air in the house. I just Don't know what I'm doing wrong and It's so as to see her like this! Any advice would be so appreciated
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Jan 13, 2018 11:35 AM CST
Hi Plantmomma, Welcome!
I don't know a thing about Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) but to my eyes, that container might be way too large for the plant.

I'm sure someone familiar with this plant will be along soon to offer suggestions and advice.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 13, 2018 12:26 PM CST
Lin has a good eye. The problem is with the roots and the way that it is potted. The plant shop moved it into a beautiful, but beautifully inappropriate pot. It should have been left in its nursery pot and then double-potted into the terra cotta pot.

Your Peperomia has a small root system that needs to dry out regularly. The large pot with excess soil will keep the soil moist for too long. The pebbles look great, but they keep you from knowing when to water.

The wilted leaves mean the leaves aren't getting enough water. If they don't perk up after you water, then root rot may be the problem.

Remove the stones and see if you can get it to perk up without repotting. If not, then you will have to very gently remove it from the pot and discard all of the soil that was added by the retailer around the original rootball. Then, move the remaining rootball into the smallest pot that it will fit into snugly. This is a bit complicated if you are not experienced with proper potting techniques.

The east window is fine. Low humidity is not a problem. It was not shocked by the moving. IMHO, you have a good case to get a replacement or refund.

Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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