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January 28, 2012

Leggy peperomia house plants can be cut back to become more bushy and to make cuttings for starting new plants.

Yard and Garden
January 28, 2012

Q. :
My Peperomia plant has pretty leaves at the top of the stems and at the bottom of the stems. The leaves in the middle have fallen and revealed bare stems. Can I do something to make it look better? Can I cut the stems back?

Suzanna D.

A. :

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Yard and Garden, Attn: Dr. Curtis Smith
NMSU Agricultural Science Center
1036 Miller Rd. SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031

Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist emeritus with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.