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  • Plant ID and care tips!?
    Hi! I received a cutting of this plant and am trying to figure out 1) what it is 2) how to pot/plant it and 3) how to care for it (how much water, light, when to repot, size of pot needed, humidity needed?!)
    lots of questions!
    can anyone help?
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      PlntNrd That’s a pink or pastel Duckfoot Coleus. Needs full sun, usually grown outdoors. It looks like yours is craving more sun than it’s currently getting.
  • A gift from my grandma — what's this plant?
    Can anyone help identify? It's got what look like faded spots on its long leaves and reddish/purplish stems. I believe it might be low-light (but please correct me if I'm wrong).

    I received this plant from my grandmother recently and I'm planning on repotting it soon. I want to make sure to use the right soil and take good care of it so any advice would be helpful :)

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      Pei It's Ledebouria socialis [294771,Melanie]
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      Amy Burke It looks a bit like Silver squill, (Scilla violacea) sometimes called Leopard plant. I just picked one up and so far so good!
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      Melanie Here's another picture of the leaves :)
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  • What’s the name?
    And how to take care (lighting, water, etc)...thanks in advance!
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      Pei Hi [293388,Oliver], it's a Tradescantia zebrina, AKA wandering jew. They like bright indirect to semi full sun environment. If provided the right light, you want to water it once a week or once every 10 days. Always make sure the soil is dry to touch about 1 inch to 2 inch down. Hope this helps!
  • help with Plant ID?
    I bought a small version of this plant at Whole Foods a few weeks ago, but don't know what it's called/what the appropriate care strategy is... any advice would be much appreciated!
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      Pei It's a Zebra plant in Acanthaceae family! Zebra plants like indirect birght light and warm and high humidity environment. I would suggest to water once or every 10 days and mist it as often as you like. Make sure to put it away from drafts, AC, or radiators as it usually evaporate the water and humidity quickly!
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      PlntNrd If you bought a small plant with leaves like this, it might be a zebra plant. Google that and see if that looks like what you have.
  • Who am I?
    What cactus is this? Will it flower?
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      PlntNrd Sometimes it very hard to tell the exact species or cultivar of a cactus or succulent without actually seeing the flower. That said, yes, if given the proper/optimal conditions, it will flower and I think this might be either a Pachycereus or Pilosocereus.
  • Plant Identification (and help!)
    Can anyone identify this plant for me? Also, why the end of a couple of leaves have turned dark brown (almost looking burned - should I move away from window?)
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      Erin It's a beautiful Pothos plant! As Pei said, super easy to care for so that's great.

      I'd recommend pruning off any dead or crispy leaves if you haven't already. Generally pothos thrive in moderate indirect light, and with waterings about every 10 days (more frequent with more light). If you're scared to overwater- it'll visually droop when thirsty so that's a good sign to look for.

      I notice a little crispiness- any chance you have it by a heater? If so, definitely move it a few feet away. It doesn't love a dry environment but spring is on the way!
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      Pei Hey @Greyson it’s a marble queen pathos a very easy plant. how often do you water it? How much sun does it get? It does look like it’s close to a window from the photo.
  • what is this?
    it says tropical plant but i’m not sure what that is 
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      Pei Neon Pothos!! Super easy and forgiving if you tend to underwater plants (like me!). haha
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      Katie It's a pothos! A very easy going houseplant!
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      Anika sorry, what type of tropical plant it is
  • What plant is this?
    This pretty pink baby came in a funeral arrangement and I don't know what he is! He appears to be growing from a bulb or tuber. Any ideas?
  • huge flowering succulent
    Anyone know her name? I'm in love!
  • What is this?
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      PaulLHo That is a begonia!
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      Erin Beautiful begonia!
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      jenna Begonia :) They like bright light, a snug pot with good drainage, not to totally dry out, and most importantly, high humidity.
  • Help.
    I have no idea what kind of plant this is, I inherited it from past roommates and I don’t know how take care of her or what she needs. 
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      jenna Bird of Paradise. They are tropical so think of that environment. High humidity, a lot of sunlight, and big drinks of water when the top 3” of soil is dry. I’d also take it away from the window if the panes are chilly.
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      Enid Hernandez Not 100% sure, but it looks like birds of paradise.
  • What is this?
    Can anyone ID this plant? First few weeks were a struggle with lots of browning tips, however, less watering seems to have helped. Thanks!
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      Pei It’s a draceana Tarzan I think!
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      Erin Looks like a dracaena!
  • What Am I Called?
    Hi. I have two of tgese and have been keeping them near natural light but not direct sun. Watering every few weeks. I usually wait until its fully dry before watering again. No significant growth or change since November. 
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      jenna Lisa cane dracena. They don’t like to be bone dry so I’d give her a drink weekly. They are pretty hardy plants.
  • Who is she
    Got this lil cutie earlier this week but don’t know what she is or how to care for her! Help!
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      Pei It’s a kalancho! You want to give it full sun all year round. And make sure to keep it in a dark space for two to three weeks in fall or early winter to induce it rebloom :)
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      PlntNrd That’s a Kalanchoe. It looks like a Grandiva, which is a double bloom. They are a succulent, so the like lots of light, well draining porous soil, and be careful not to overwater
  • What am I?
    Anyone know what kind of plant this is and if it’s cat friendly?
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      Pei You are a ZZ. And you are toxic to cats in a way that if you cat chews on it, he or she may have upset gums. If your cat digests it, he or she would have an upset stomach that may cause threowing up. But it’s definitely not an emergency kind of toxicity like Euphorbia!
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      PlntNrd Yes, a ZZ, or Zamioculcus Zamiifolia. These can tolerate low light and do not like to be overwatered at all.
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      Toby Looks like a ZZ plant. Toxic to cats.