What is this plant?
Hello! This is a hanging plant I’ve had for many years and it’s now, sadly, pretty much dead.
I moved to a home w/a well so I think the water softener is the culprit.
I am asking what type of plant it is since I’d like to try to propagate any healthy parts. When it was healthy it had shiny green smallish leaves and thick stems that branched out in forks – it seems like a kind of peperomia.
The pic is of it now, so it’s not looking great. Thanks in advance.
It does look like a type of peperomia, probably a “Pixie” or a “Cubensis” variety.
If it were my plant, I would trim off all of the long stems to about 5″ above the soil line. Take the plant out of the pot and get rid of all of the soil, especially on the roots. Allow the plant to sit out bare root overnight. Repot in fresh, dry soil in a pot about 1″-2″ larger than the rootball. Place in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Do not water for at least a week or until the leaves feel soft and flexible.
Do not use water from a softener. You can use your well water if you allow it to sit out for 24 hours before using it.
You can use the pieces you cut off from the plant for propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary. These plants are easily propagated from leaf cuttings, stem tip cuttings, and division of the root ball. Be sure to allow the cut ends of the peperomia leaves or stems being used for propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary to dry out for several hours or overnight before planting them. This allows a callus to form and prevents root rot. You can read about these propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary techniques in the Glossary of the website.