Houseplants forum: Peperomia Obtusifolia help

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Utrecht, the Netherlands
Ingeling
Apr 10, 2018 8:57 AM CST
Back when I did not know a whole lot (next to nothing) about plants, I purchased this peperomia. Within weeks it started to loose a lot of its leaves, and whole stems would fall out. I am quite sure I drowned it. But a year of barely watering seems to have helped, though it is still in a very fragile state. The remaining stems need support, and I can't seem to find a balance in the watering. Currently I only water a little bit every month or so. The few leaves it has left seem to be in good condition though, and the baby stem on the right is growing quite well.
Are there other things I could do to give this plant a better and stronger life? Any thoughts?

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 10, 2018 12:23 PM CST
Your Peperomia is healthy but leggy. Keep it very close to a moderately sunny window and that will help it grow stronger. When you water, water thoroughly until a bit of water runs through the drain holes. I think it will need water at least every other week unless there is something unusually dense about the potting mix.

When any stems become too tall or leggy, they can be easily cut back at any point on the stem. New leaf growth will then emerge on the cut stem starting just below the pruning cut. I would suggest pruning back to about an inch or two above the soil surface.

The top cuttings will root in plain water or a small pot filled with damp potting mix.
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Utrecht, the Netherlands
Ingeling
Apr 12, 2018 7:18 AM CST
Wow Will, thank you so much for your response and all the information. That is very helpful! Though it will be very hard to find a sunny window in the Netherlands right now, even a moderately one, I am glad to hear that my Peperomia looks to be healthy, and that I can create new strong leaf growth and save the cuttings. I don't believe I have done that before, so that will be exciting to try. Many thanks again for your tips!
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Frenchy21
Apr 12, 2018 4:41 PM CST
I think the peperomia looks more like a Coin Leaf Peperomia (Peperomia polybotrya 'Jayde')
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It is a very pretty plant. Smiling

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