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What plant is on your mind?

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  • 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.
  • What am I?
    Anyone know what kind of plant this is and if it’s cat friendly? Also, is this the normal color of the plant?
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      Pei It’s a dumb cane and best to keep it away from pets and kids!
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      PlntNrd Looks like a dieffenbachia Camille and it looks like it’s thirsty. Dieffenbachia’s leaves will yellow when they are underwatered. Unfortunately, they will also yellow when overwatered, but there is difference in the way the leaves look.
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      Toby Looks like a dieffenbachia, there are several different kinds, so I don't know about the color, but the brown one is bad. Also, toxic to cats.
  • Can you help id me?
    I got this plant with my new apartment two months ago, but I don't know what it is or how to care for it.
    The plant already had browning leaves and I thought it was thirsty, and so I watered it a few times but its leaves are only getting more brown and droopy. It gets lots of light in the apartment and fresh air.
    Please help id this fella so I can help it be happy and strong! 
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      lizlee thanks all! will re-pot to a larger and better draining pot and use filtered water. the plant is probably getting a bit too much direct light and cold drafts next to the window.
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      PlntNrd How much light is it actually getting and is any of it direct? Dracaenas are in the low light category and don’t really like a ton of bright light. Too much light causes their leaves to droop and will sunburn the leaves making the leaves brown. I would move the plant farther away from the window so it’s not getting so much light. Also, how are you watering it? How much and what kind of water? Does your pot have drainage?
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      Pei Hi [292033,lizlee] i believe it's a Draceana green jewel! sometimes they dropped because of spider mites. Pay close attention to the leaves, especially the undersides, if you see any webbings!
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  • Who am I?
    Hi there, any idea what type of plant this is?
  • What is this fella?
    I received this plant after my grandmothers funeral. I really want to keep him happy and thriving. I have no idea what it is however. There are 3 stalks in the pot with several branches off each stalk. It’s about 32” tall. Any ideas??
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      Chelsie Mueller Thank you, both! I’ll check out both suggestions!
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      Jack Potentially a Schefflera (umbrella plant) ☂️?
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      Enid Hernandez Hi Chelsie. Looks like a Pachira Aquatica, aka Money tree , to me. Try googling that plant name and see if that's the one
  • Who am I?
    This lil' fella is Bugs. I bought him from Walmart a few weeks ago and I have no idea what kind of plant it is and there for no way of knowing how to care for it. If you know I'd be very grateful. Thanks!
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      PlntNrd Syngonium Podophyllum’s can tolerate low light conditions, eapecially the green varieties, but really thrive in medium to bright indirect light light. They can not handle direct sun, it will bleach their leaves. Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before watering, but you will know if you’re not watering enough just by looking at Bugs. They can be slightly dramatic when thirsty and get a little floppy, but they perk up just fine once watered. Your particular plant is quite beautiful and I really love the pot it’s in. The two really look perfect together.
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      Pei [291742,Brittany] Bug is a beauty! I have a pink one. Going to post a photo tonight when i get home :)
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      Erin Hi Bugs!
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  • what is this?
    i got this plant a while ago and i’m not sure what it is or how to take care of it. can somebody please tell me what it is?
  • What kind of plant is this? Maybe an herb?
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      Pei Agreed with [291748,PlantMom]
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      PlantMom It’s incredibly hard to tell with the size of the leaves and the state the plant is in.
  • What kind of plant is this?
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      PlntNrd It looks like it might be a ghost graptopetalum thats is super etiolated and is turning green due to lack of light. You might think about decapitating them and pulling off a bunch of leaves and using those to propagate. If it is a ghosty, it will propagate like a champ. It will even grow more plants from the stem if you leave it planted in the pot with a few leaves left on.
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      PlantMom It looks like a very leggy rosette shaped succulent— possibly an echiveria. It needs a lot more light.
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  • What kind of plant is this?
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      Pei Looks like a type of pencil cactus to me! And it’s dry and not getting enough sun!