unidentified leafy green succulent

by Alena

I have had this succulent for close to a year and have been unable to figure out what it is. The leaves are firm and waxy and form branches from a thicker central stem.

It has never flowered but has grown many new leaves since I purchased it, initially it only had about 6.

The leaves rotate pretty quickly to orient themselves toward the sun. They tend to be spoon shaped leaves.

I've always been curious to know what it is, but recently it has been losing some of its green color which I suspect is a lack of nutrients.

However, as I don't know what it is I'm unsure what to do. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you for your time!

Hi Alena, this little guy is a Peperomia, probably obtusifolia, which are easy to grow and propagate.

Your first guess is exactly right; it's in desperate need of fertilizer; whatever the soil you have it in, I might repot it; especially since your funny pot may not have a drain hole in the bottom. It also looks as though the soil is high in some kind of organic matter, which could be tying up the nitrogen that this plant obviously needs.

You can use any kind of soluble fertilizer (Plant Prod, or similar) or make some compost tea (possible option for outdoor plants, or those that will be going outside for the summer).

Dave's Garden Website has more about Peperomia obtusifolia, and you can see more about Peperomia in general here.

Hope that helps get your cute plant back on track,

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