Why Is My Peperomia Clusiifolia Dying?
Why is my Peperomia Clusiifolia dying is a question you don’t want to have to ask but if you find yourself in this position, you’ll want to find out the cause as quickly as possible. Although there are lots of causes of your plant dying, they normally have different symptoms so it’s a bit easier for your to find the cause. And with Peperomia Clausiifolia, the most common cause is overwatering or your plant being exposed to too much water due to poor drainage or a bad potting mix. Let’s look at each of these in turn to find out why your Peperomia Clusiifolia is dying.
We’d recommend addressing each of these issues in turn and only making one change at a time. If you change everything in your plant’s environment it can be difficult to work out what the cause of the issue was which can make it difficult to prevent in the future.
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The main cause of a Peperomia Clusiifolia dying is overwatering. In fact overwatering is the most common cause of death in most species of Peperomia. This is because Peperomia Clusiifolia is a semi succulent plant which means they store a lot of water in their leaves. Because of this it’s important that you allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If you keep the soil constantly moist or water too frequently then the plant will start to die.
Signs of this include soft and squishy leaves and stems, blackening of foliage and leaves falling off. The soft stems are a big indication that something is majorly wrong.
Poorly Draining Soil
It’s also possible for your plant to be exposed to too much water when you aren’t watering it that often and this can come from poorly draining soil. If you use a heavy potting mix that retains a lot of water then your plant won’t be able to adequately dry out and may start to show signs of overwatering. If this is left your plant may begin to die. If you’re not watering your plant very often but the soil still feels heavy and wet and your plant is displaying signs of overwatering then it’s very likely this is the cause. It’s better to use a succulent specific potting mix rather than a regular houseplant mix with added perlite for aeration. You can find perlite on Amazon and in most garden centres.
As well as using the correct potting mix, it’s important to ensure that the pot you’re using has drainage holes so excess water can escape. If you want to use a decorative pot without drainage holes then don’t worry. Just keep the plant in it’s nursery pot and place that pot into the decorative one. Then when it’s time to water, you can take the pot out and make sure all of the water has drained away before you put it back.
Inappropriate Lighting Conditions
Another major cause of a dying Peperomia Clusiifolia is inappropriate lighting conditions. These plants are sometimes described as low light plants but will generally do well in medium to bright indirect light. Try to avoid direct sunlight as this can be too strong for their foliage. If you notice the leaves curling in on themselves or brown patches appearing then it’s possible they’re being exposed to too much sunlight. If they’re in a place with too low light you may notice them become leggy in appearance before their growth completely slows down. So getting the right light for this plant is very important.
Peperomia in general don’t like low temperatures. If you have a house with central heating and double glazed windows then your plant should be ok during the winter months even if you live in cooler countries. However, if you live in a very cold region and your home is poorly insulated or the plant is in a cold room then this could be the reason your Peperomia Clusiifolia is dying.
If you don’t think any of these are the reason why your plant is dying then let us know in the comments below. Try to include as much information as possible about its environment and the symptoms it is experiencing so we can help you work out what’s wrong with your plant.
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