Alas, my poor peperomia, you were watered to death.
I’m a little embarrassed by how long it’s taken me to figure this out, and I’m not at all convinced that I DO have it figured out. I think the two questions all new plant keepers want answered are when to water, and how much?
I’m pretty sure all of us go through a phase of being either a neurotic over-waterer or a negligent under-waterer. That magical Goldilocks zone is reserved for long-time plant keepers – you know, the ones who’ve given their plants names and sing to them on weekends.
Unfortunately, I’m of the neurotic over-watering variety, much to my poor peperomia’s constant distress.
I really believed that keeping plants was like keeping pets, feed/water them on a schedule, give them some light, sit back and enjoy.
But no, it turns out different plants like different degrees of light, some prefer it warm, some prefer it cool, others need humidity. Some don’t mind hanging, others shit themselves, shrivel up and promptly die from agoraphobia or some shit.