Unknown house plant is not doing well, help!

AndrewDSMarch 1, 2014

This unknown plant once stood proud and tall in the fall sun. Recently I upgraded the pot and it really reacted well and grew a little bit. A couple weeks later, I woke up and it was completely droopy and shedding leaves. I gave it a soak maybe thinking it wasn't getting enough water and even added a little soil to it because I thought maybe it was supported. Does anyone know what kind of plant this is and what I can do to save it?

Thanks!
Andrew

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

it lost turgidity ... water pressure in the cells ...

take a string.. and string it all upright.. until the roots can pump enough water for them to remain upright ..

just a loose ring of string about half way up the plant... maybe two ... just letting them use each other.. for moral support ...

ken

ps: you said: A couple weeks later, I woke up

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 2:59PM
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AndrewDS

thanks ken! i'll go buy some soft string

do you have any idea what this plant might be called?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:14PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It looks like a Peperomia caperata, though it's a bit difficult to tell from the image. It could also be a Pilea cadierei. A good close up of one leaf and I could tell you for certain, though you can look them up and compare. Check on the Pilea first ; I'm leaning to that one. Also called Aluminum Plant.

One thing that they both have in common is an inclination for root rot when over watered, over potted, or potted into a dense slow-to-drain medium. The primary symptom of root rot is.......wilting.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 7:39PM
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AndrewDS

I think its the peperomia... the leaves are small, like a centimetre long. I actually looked at the roots but didn't know what they are supposed to look like. They were brown and clumped up surrounded by dirt, I couldn't really see them. They didn't strike me as super healthy though. Do you think they are rotten? and if so can i save them?

Is this a good way to do it?

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-steps-save-plant-root-rot-11394608.html?cat=32

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 8:45PM
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AndrewDS

second pic

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 8:47PM
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AndrewDS

I took the plant out of the pot, washed the bottom of the stems with warm water and picked most of the rotted roots off. I replanted it with charcoal in the bottom and throughout the soil. Should I have cut the bottoms off a bit do you think or have I done enough?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 9:57PM
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