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Plant ID

  • Hi! Can anyone identify these plants? :) thx
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      Paris Lalicata This looks like it's a Croton "gold dust" which need lots of light and frequent waterings!
  • Hi! Can anyone identify these plants? :) thx
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Francine! It looks like you have a Schefflera which is also known as a Money tree from what I can see!
  • It grow horizontally (I think)
    Hi group,
    If anyone could help me identify this cactus I’d appreciate it. It was tipping over in it’s little 6 inch grow pot when I bought it; it seems to only grow horizontally. It looks like there’s little babies growing along each arm -  I don’t know what will happen when they get larger but for now it’s unusual and I really love it but would like to know what type of cactus this is.
    not sure if I can send more than one pic but I’ll try.  Thanks!
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      Veejkay Hi Paris!
      Thank you for your reply – this is exactly why I joined a forum like this - to learn more about all the plants out there (and that I can add to my collection 🥰)!
      I googled what you said and it’s also called a corn cob cactus (but not really a cactus 😉)!
      You gave me so much great info. - Thanks so much! I hope we can talk again! 🌵🍄🌼
      And feel free to just call me “V”. 🙂
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veejkay! This is such a beautiful Euphorbia mammillaris you were able to get your hands on (I'm jealous)! Therefore, the plant is a succulent rather than a cactus, even though they look like them!
      The plant was most likely becoming top heavy which caused it to grow more horizontally rather than vertically. However, when you do a little more research they seem to have a more unusual growth pattern once they grow into a larger specimen. Whenever you feel comfortable you can propagate the new offsets growing on the stalks by cutting them with pruners or using a sharp sterile knife. Don't worry, more will always grow on them down the line to keep propagating :)
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      Veejkay 2nd pic
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  • Plant Identification
    Can anyone help me identify this type of succulent?! Please and thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sam! It looks like you have a species of Echeveria that's etiolated a bit which is why it doesn't have that tight, rosette pattern. This is usually caused by the plant no receiving enough light so I'd try to boost this to ensure it has more compact growth in the future :)
  • Need help identifying this plant.
    Basic care instructions and tips would be much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Justin! From what I can see it looks like you have an Alocasia, however, I'm just having a hard time ID'ing the exact species. It'll be best to give these guys plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Keep it away from any heaters, or cold drafts and boost humidity only if air in the home is super dry!
  • Plant Identification and Care
    Hello! Is anyone familiar with this plant? It’s got a thick, succulent like leaf in the center with the smaller vine like appendages growing out of it. The other leaves are softer. And suggestions on what this might be would be appreciated. Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! From what I can see this looks like a Rhipsalis pachyptera, which is a type of jungle cactus :)
  • Help Pls :)
    Hi! I've seen this plant (in the back lefthand corner) in a few different instagram posts, and I'm trying to find out what it is called and to purchase one (or a fake one if not cat safe) online. Can anyone help? Thank you! (credit @jenatikinhair on instagram)
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Claire! Looks like the plant in the photo is a Dracaena marginata, also known as "dragon tree". Unfortunately this plant isn't pet friendly, but it's only toxic if ingested. Therefore, if you wish to have this plant then keeping it out of reach from your furry friends will be best :)
  • Plant ID ?
    Can anyone identify what plant this is? 
  • what kind of plant
    Wondering what kind of plant this is 
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      Veejkay Hi Mike,
      That’s definitely an Arrowhead plant like Nate suggested.
      I have the variety called Pink Allusion!
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      Nate Looks like an arrowhead vine.
  • Plant ID
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Preston! This is actually an assortment of different plants! It looks like you have a Dracaena compacta, Parlor Palm, Dracaena marginata, Dieffenbachia sp., and possibly a green Croton!
  • Unidentified, troubled plant
    Ordered her online, but she’s completely different from the plant I ordered. It looks like she might be a bromeliad but her leaves are thicker. Her main stem came damaged and started withering. I’m not sure if I should trim that part or leave it be. I’ve been watering whenever her soil a few inches down is dry, but recently the top part of the soil is turning almost grey. She also has a few tiny flies around her. Any help would be much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veerle! Is the plant different from what was pictured when purchased cause there were blooms? It's hard to ID what kind of plant it is from the photo provided, but I agree with Nate that it could be an Amaryllis plant!
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      Nate Hi Veerle, could this be an Amaryllis? Is it growing from a bulb?
  • Plant ID/Toxicity
    Hi! I'm going through all my plants trying to ID them to determine if they're toxic to humans (especially my 4 month old baby!). These are the last three that I haven't been able to figure out - thanks for any help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sara! The plant in the pink planter is a Philodendron moonlight (toxic), the one in the yellow looks like an Arrowhead (toxic), and the last one appears to be a Pothos n joy (toxic)!
  • Identifying my plant
    I received this plant as a gift on thanksgiving, he was SO much smaller. Now he’s over growing his little home. I have no idea what this plant is, or how I would repot it. It came with a paper that said to turn it everyday and always have the glass filled with water. He’s already getting top heavy. :) id appreciate any knowledge anyone has!
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      Nate Hi Kortni, which ones are you asking for an ID? If the 3 to the right, I would say it is lucky bamboo.
  • 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.