I have a Peperomia Golden. I've had it for two years. For the first year, I just watered it, and no new leaves grew. In February, when I started fertilizing my African violets with Dya-Gro, I did the same with my Peperomia and new leaves started growing and it even made this kind of pollen stalk thing (I have no idea what it really was) in the early summer. However, recently (as in, since late August), the new leaves it grew have been small, thin, and twisted rather than large and round.
I attend a university and I didn't want to take all my plants home over Thanksgiving break, so I watered them all relatively heavily, figuring that it would tide them over until I got back from Thanksgiving. The violets survived with no problems, but the small, twisted leaves on the Peperomia had shriveled and I pulled them off. My first year at university the plant belonged to my roommate, and she forgot to bring it home over Christmas break (a 5-week break). It was drooping badly when we came back, but it came right back to life with some water and has obviously continued growing since then.
My question is, since new leaves grow off the old ones, and the little twisted ones were eventually going to become "old ones," have I ruined any chance for the plant to continue growing? Or will it just make new leaves off the normal leaves that were underneath the twisted ones?
I have attached a picture of one of the small leaves. It is brown now, but it was literally that size and shape while it was still alive as well. I have also attached a picture of one of the spaces where the twisted leaf came off.