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  • Plant ID and Help!
    No idea what this plant is, but since moving a few months ago, he’s gotten these weird purple-y brown edges, growing weird, and losing a lot of leaves. Can anyone ID and tell me what he needs? I only water when he’s dried out. He’s in a bright window so it might just be too much sun?
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      Paris Lalicata Pei is right this is a beautiful succulent! So as much bright indirect light to full sun will make this plant super happy, and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The purply edges is natural characteristic the succulent will display so I wouldn't be concerned about those! If you allow the soil to dry out between waterings the yellowing could be a sign of either not enough light, or just the plant acclimating into it's new environment. During that process its perfectly natural for plants to shed leaves!
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      Pei It's a Kalencho succulent :) I have one and I love it.

      Succulents, in general, need plenty of sunlight (direct if possible). And yes, you are doing it right – only water when it's completely dry out. I also pay attention to the leaves, it will wrinkle when it's thirsty. Quite fun :)
  • Plant ID?
    Got this plant awhile ago and I’ve never been able to find out what type it is. “Green plant” was the tag on it lol. Any ideas anyone? 
  • HELP!
    Does anyone know what this plant is? (I thought maybe a Aucuba japonica) Everything I do for it isnt working; it started off in indirect sunlight where I first noticed the decline then even further from sunlight, then closer to a window,shade and nothing is working! Soil is still moist after watering it yesterday but the leaves remain brittle, droopy and dry. What can I do it was gorgeous when I was gifted it a month ago
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rachel! So it looks like you actually might have a Codiaeum variegatum "Gold Dust". Over my own experience of caring for these guys I've learned that they prefer bright indirect light to a little dappled sun, too much or too little can result in leaf loss. Especially if the plant is being moved constantly to different areas as they can be a little more finicky. I would recommend finding a good spot that can provide this lighting and monitoring the plants response. Once the top 2-3 inches of soil have dried out the plant will be ready for another watering! Don't let the soil to dry out too much or all the way as this can also result in leaf loss, and the plant will also start to droop when it's ready for more water. Also, don't be alarmed if you notice a lot of leaf loss or if even the entire plant drops all its leaves. It'll simply be apart of the acclimation process as the plant drops its more sun grown leaves to develop more shade tolerant ones. As long as the trunk of the plant is healthy it should be good to go- and you can always check by scrapping some bark off with your finger nail. If it's still fleshy and green beneath then the plant is still alive and will develop new growth overtime! But if you notice it's actually hollowed out (like a dead branch you find in the woods) then the plant declined and won't be able to bounce back. I hope this helps! :)
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  • What kind of cactus is this?
    Hi all- I inherited this cactus from my grandmother. It is 26 years old and as tall as me. Any ideas what kind it is? 
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      Pei Idk what this is, but would love me one :P
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307330,Karly] ! This looks like a type of Hylocereus cactus to me- have you ever seen it produce white blooms? Or even fruit?
  • Plant identification?
    Need to identify this plant for a friend. The leaves are soft to the touch and seems to be underwatered
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      Colin Hart I would guess some variety of Hoya
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      Pei hmmmm.... it looks like a type of peperomia to me!!
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      Erin I'm not one hundred percent certain but my guess would be a silver dollar plant! (Xerosicyos danguyi)
  • Help ID please
    Not sure what this is, please help if you know!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hayley! I am having a hard time identifying the plant but by it's characteristics I can help with some care tips. Since the foliage is variegated the plant is going to need plenty exposure to bright indirect light to maintain it's variegation and photosynthesize properly. Waxy, fleshy leaves are usually an indication that the plant is able to retain water better then thinner, papery leaves. Therefor I would try allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings to see how the plant responds to avoid over watering- but if the plant droops before that point it'll be safe to give it a drink! Hope this helps :)
  • Hoping to ID
    Anyone know what this plant is?
    Thanks!
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      Hayley Thank you!
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      Pei it's the baby tears!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [305518,Hayley]! It would be a little easier to ID for certain with a close up of the leaves, but from what I can tell this either looks like a Peperomia rotundifolia (round leaf peperomia) or a Soleirolia soleirolia (baby tears) to me!
  • Hoping to ID
    Hoping someone knows what this plants is.
    Thanks!
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      Hayley Thanks so much!!
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      Pei It looks like a repot might be needed btw!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi again [305518,Hayley]! This looks like a plant from the Dieffenbachia genus (dumb canes)!
  • Help Identifying Please
    Does anyone happen to know what type of plant this is?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Chloe! I'm having a hard time identifying the plant by the photo provided. Although it does look like a species of succulent from the Crassula genus!
  • Help! Unknown plant dying at my touch
    Inherited this plant from my brother when he left NYC. I don’t know what it is, but it sure is not happy! I’m not sure if I’m over or under watering it and when I moved it from a sunny spot to a shady spot, a lot of it’s leaves have turned yellow & I’ve had to remove them. What’s equally confusing is it has three new shoots 🤔
    Anyone have any ideas? I think it may be in the palm family due to it having a ‘palm-like’ trunk
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      PlntNrd So, I’m agreeing that it looks like a dieffenbachia. Unfortunately, I am not the one to help with this issue. I have like 400 plants (for the most part healthy happy plants) and I can not figure these guys out. I have 3 dieffs and no matter how much or how little I water they just keep yellowing and losing leaves. Well, I’ve actually figured out my 3” dieffenbachia (I think, ugh jeez I hope!). I have been watering the little one every 3-4 days or so and that one hasn’t yellowed or lost a leaf in months (yay!) now the other two are 6” and they are killing me!!! I can’t figure them out and it’s driving me crazy. I tried watering a lot, I tried watering a little. No matter what I do, leaves yellow constantly. Hopefully, someone here will have some good advice/input and experience to help us both. Idk about yours, but mine are in a fast draining mix, pot with drainage hole, no bugs, in a dry brightly lit room (actually, the small one is getting low light... hmm, idk if that’s something.) I hope you (and I) can figure this out. If anyone knows, please let us know what we’re doing wrong! Good luck with yours, sorry I could only commiserate instead of help.
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      Meg Ok so I think it’s a dumbcane, but I will leave this post up in case anyone else also wanted to know!
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      Meg More photos!
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  • Mystery plant
    I picked this up in the tropical section the other day but no one seemed to know what it is. The leaves are coin sized and slightly fuzzy. Please let me know! 
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      Pei it's a lipstick plant!
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      MALINDA Looks like an aeschynanthus radicans (curly lipstick plant).
  • Unknown Plant
    Does anyone know what this plant is? It was given to me, and I have no idea how to care for it, since I don't know what it is! I am very new to gardening, and want to make sure I get it right!
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      jenna Bromeliad! They like bright light and to dry out between waterings. They are technically epiphytes, like orchids, so don’t naturally grow in soil, and have relatively shallow roots. Don’t let them live in soggy soil. Watering once a week or two while letting the water run out should be good enough. One thing to know is that after they flower, the mom plant usually dies, and will channel the energy into producing a pup. So if that happens, don’t panic. :)
  • What type of plant is this?
    I’m getting a cat and I want to make sure this plant won’t be poisonous to him. It was a gift so I don’t know what type it is. Please help! 
  • Does anyone know what this is?
    Hi! My husband and I recently moved into a new home. We have been having a lot of fun watching things grow in this spring. Does anyone know what this is? At first I thought it was hens and chicks but it’s definitely not. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks!!
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      Pei [292133,Megan Brown] looks like a asiantic Lillies. Not to sound like a creep, but where do you live? It could be different plant though depends on your location 😊
  • Hoya? Help!
    The label of this plant just said "tropical plant" when I purchased. I think might be a type of Hoya, but I'm not quite sure. Any ideas? Thanks!