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  • What is it?

    Could anybody please tell me what this is. The leaflets have seed clusters at their tips. A rather unique specimen 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! This 100% to me appears to be a very unique species of Kalanchoe which is a succulent, and also my most favorite succulent. A Kalanchoe tubiflora I believe that is very well established. The "seed clusters" you've noticed are actually known as plant-lets which is how the plant propagates itself. The plant-lets can be transferred to their own container and cared for the same (bright indirect light to full sun and allowed to dry out between waterings). The nickname for this plant is called "Mother of Thousands" cause as you can see, you will have a handful of plant babies in the future from this plant mama! May I ask where you got this beautiful plant?!
  • Cactus Support
    Not even sure what cactus this is. I somehow wasn't interested in it's classification when I got for Christmas at age seven. It's had what looks like a rotting trunk for as long as I can remember. We thought it was dead, but gave it the benefit of the doubt and moved it to a larger pot and it grew. Sometimes it seems to glow brighter and appears to be thriving well. Everything but the trunk, and you can see that I've used a make shift cane to support it. Otherwise it falls over under it top heavy weight. Can any anyone explain what's going on with my cactus and if there is anything I can do? 

    thanks! 
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      Russell Thanks two both insights! It has a couple of flowerings that could be propagated if I do enough research. Worse case it's too sentimental to not prop it up with chop sticks, random bark, or possibly strings somehow. I have a micro garden going in my food pantry. Most of the stuff there likes humidity, I might move one my grow lights to my dryer cactus dwelling bedroom if that helps. My mother and I were never much for botanist, so the poor cactus growth for this one is logical. I'll see what some extra carefully time watering can do. Thanks again!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Russel! It looks like if there was ever an inconsistency with watering or lighting this could've caused the base to remain small. Since Cacti grow from the top and grow larger in diameter this is why you've seen the top get larger, but the base remain smaller. I would say if you give this Cactus optimal conditions- bright indirect light to full sun and water every time the soil dries out completely it should start to become a sturdier specimen. I would recommend keeping the support it has for now to prevent it from falling over. In the future if nothing changes and you're still unhappy with the look then I would recommend propagating the Cactus like Erin said by removing the top, letting is callous over, and then rerooting it! Cacti are really easy and fast to propagate :)
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      Erin This is a tough one! I've had this happen to a few of my cacti that received less light at the start, so their bases are super small, and they summer came or I moved them around my apartment - they received more direct light - and their new growth was much wider and healthier. With most of them I ended up chopping off that new top growth, propagating it, and tossing the base; but with the shape of this guy that would be hard to do. Do you mind the quirkiness? If you don't - I use chopsticks to prop mine up! You barely notice them.
  • Identifying & Caring For This Plant
    Hello,
    Can someone please tell me what type of flowering plant this is and how to take care of it? It needs some TLC. Thank you :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jo! I'm not the best at ID'ing flowers but usually if the blooms are dying back prematurely then it could be due to temps being too high around the plant. This could also be due to excessive moisture - if you believe this to be the case then I would let the soil dry out more between waterings!
  • Satin Pothos vs Silver Philodendron, Which do I own??
    Everything I read seems to give me a different answer. Once and for all what is the difference between a Satin Pothos and a Silver Philodendron, and which is in my kitchen (pictured)???
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Noelle! It looks like you have a beautiful Satin Pothos. Satin Pothos and the Silver Philodendron are very closely related, but are in fact two different species. If you look up google images online you'll notice that the Satin Pothos leaves are much larger, resembling the shape and size of a Pothos, but has larger variegated zones that blend into the foliage. Whereas the Silver Philodendron leaves are much smaller in size, a little more heart shaped, and the variegated zones are dispersed in blotches instead. While they both come from the same genus Scindapsus- the satin Pothos is known to be "Scindapsus pictus" while the Silver Philodendron is a form of the this being "Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'". However, both of these plants used to be classified in the same genus "Epipremnum" which I believe is where all the confusion comes from, along with looking very similar. I believe they are both botanically listed as either a pothos or philodendron but neither, in fact, are actually the case and something that was simply implemented by the botanical world. The only way to tell the difference between Scindapsus and Epipremnum is to look at the seeds being produced if the plant happened to flower which is VERY rare for these guys indoors!
  • Cactus Identification and Care Question
    I bought this cactus last month and was hoping somebody would be able to help me identify the specific type. 

    Now for the care piece -the ridges towards the top of the cactus in the attached image seems to be flimsy. I've watered once since purchase on Sept 13 (Sept 24), so I would assume over watering is not the issue. Should I be worried about the flimsy top (is that the same as "soft" which usually signals root rot?). And if so, are there ways to check for health besides taking it out of the pot because that's not too easy. Other notes - the soil is completely dry at the moment down at least two inches. I’ve also just picked up a grow light on the chance that insufficient sun is the culprit.
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      Greg Additional picture to help with identification
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  • What's this?
    Do you know what kind of plant this is? I found and propagated it when I was on vacation in Naples, Fla. Last week.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [311048,Khristy] ! It looks like you may have actually propagated the blooms of a Heliconia species. Otherwise I'm actually stumped on what this guy could be!
  • Plant id?
    Can anyone tell me what this guy may be? I got him at a yard sale a few months ago and brought him home, repotted, and he has doubled in growth! I'm just not sure what he is. Any ideas?
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      Kathleen Whittaker Thank you! Now that inknownit is a Dumb Cane i will have to watch my cat around it! Thank you again for your help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! This looks like a Dieffenbachia to me- best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and give plenty of bright indirect light!
  • Please ID!
    Bought yesterday at a plant store! About 14-18 inches at highest leaf. I would describe it as very dinosaur-y! Thank you!!
  • Please ID!
    Hi, all. Can someone help ID this for a friend? Palms/ferns are not on my radar yet.
    and yes, it’s covered in mealybugs... I think we can save it with a thorough cleaning and maintenance.
    THANKS!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lucia! Since most Palms look very identical a closer inspection would better help me ID but it looks like it can either be a Kentia or Parlor Palm. If the plant has an infestation of mealy bugs then I'd suggest starting with placing the plant in a shower or sink that has a hose. I would gently apply sharp sprays to the infected areas of the plant- make sure to get all the nooks and crevices of the plant as these are the places where they like to hide! Give the plant time to dry and prune off any dead or damaged plant material- and from there you can use your horticultural oil or insecticidal soap of choice to further treat the plant. I would also recommend keeping the plant away from others to prevent them from spreading! Inspect any plants that have been anywhere near this one to make sure they haven't already. Afterwards, the Palm will tolerate lower light levels but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light which will also give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The plant should be able to bounce back and develop new growth!
  • 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 :)