Identifying a Houseplant

Many of us have picked up a houseplant at the store that was not labeled or have been given one as a gift. However, knowing what type of plant you have will help you ensure that you are giving it the best care. This is a guide about identifying a houseplant.
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December 7, 2016 Flag

I bought this at Walmart and over the last few months I have nursed it back. Now it has flowered. It is beautiful! What is it? Lol

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December 15, 20160 found this helpful

It's an amaryllis; we have them growing in four different feed tubs! You'll be able to divide the bulbs eventually for more plants.

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January 20, 2017 Flag

I found this on the side of the road. I have no idea what kind of plant it is. Possibly a money tree? Seriously I have no idea. Would love your input. Thank you!

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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

This definitely looks to me to be some sort of tree. It might even be an oak. THis great horticultural site gives insight into what it could be by comparing the leaf structure.

bluejack oak - http://www.ag.a  /dbpages/91.html

does the leaf have a bluish tint? it's hard to tell in the photo. If it is this, it can be as high as 30'

Laurel oak - http://www.ag.a  /dbpages/93.html

can grow 60' to 70'

Fevertree - http://www.ag.a  dbpages/353.html if it was this one, it would have nice pink flowers towareds may - june

It would be clearer if we saw it's behaviour throughout the year - mainly, does it flower? Fruit?

florida anise tree - http://www.ag.a  dbpages/200.html

is the leaf darker on top than underneath? Flowers, with a stinky flower

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December 28, 2016 Flag

I was given this plant as a gift, but have no idea what species it is. I also don't know how best to look after it. I would be grateful for any pointers!

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

And if you repot it fairly frequently into progressively larger pots, it can grow to be quite tall. It does well in full sunlight but will require more frequent watering.

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December 2, 2016 Flag

I am having a hard time identifying this plant. Very fast growing vine plant with 1.5" long leaves spaced about 2" apart along the length of the vine. I originally clipped a small stem from an existing plant and planted my own. Within 8 months it has grown 4 separate vines each measuring 2.5 feet or greater.
Thanks for any information.

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December 3, 20161 found this helpful
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One of my friends is a Master Gardener and she believes the other posters are correct in that it appears to be green wandering jew plant.

Here are her "thoughts" from one of her study books:

Tradescantia fluminensis

Common Names: green wandering Jew, small leaf spiderwort, white-flowered wandering Jew, inch plant, speedy Jenny

Usually considered an invasive species but makes a great ground cover and a nice hanging basket plant.

Loves most of Florida's weather but I forgot to ask about other weather zones -

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January 19, 2017 Flag

Can you identify this plant please?

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

This looks to me like an Aeschynanthus radicans, or lipstick plant. At some point do those dark red buds sprout bright red flowers?

More info here: http://www.miss  ?kempercode=b542

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January 13, 2017 Flag

I bought this cute little plant a couple of days ago and it seems to be in need of some care. However I do not have the slightest idea about plant species, so if someone could identify this cutie for me, it would be very much appreciated. I think the pictures will be enough to identify it, but I can say that it is rather small.

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

This is a nice smaller plant and usually grows well in a container & indoors. I have always known this by the common name of Cockspur. This plant comes from a very family of plants and is related to the Crown of Thorns.

Here is a little information:

Common Names include:

ENGLISH: Pineapple, Cocklebur

Description: A dwarf hybrid. It has a thickened root merging into a short caudex partly underground with several branches arising from the crown.

Cultivation and Propagation: pretty easy to grow.

Growth rate: This is a small, slow-growing choice. It is suitable as a container plant (but it can grow in the ground in areas with a mild climate).

Soil: It grows well in a very draining mineral potting substrate.

Moisture: It does not like its compost drying out for very long periods when the weather is hot. It needs constant moisture during the Summer, but it doesn't like winter water, as it rots easily.

Hardiness: It needs to be kept warm, not less than 10 C in the winter (but when dormant and dry they are relatively cold tolerant).

Sun Exposure: Light shade.

Warning: The latex of the Euphorbia is highly poisonous and can be very dangerous.

Propagation: Usually by cuttings.

Here is a link that shows several photos of your plant (and how it will look as it grows longer) and some of the links may tell you more.

https://www.goo  1366&bih=628

http://www.cact  e9a7f11c-780.jpg

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January 11, 2017 Flag

I received this houseplant as a gift and searched everywhere online and can't seem to find what it is. It's a vine like hanging plant with 2 small dark green leaves spaced an inch apart down the whole length of the vine. I'm wondering what the name of it is and how to care for it?

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January 13, 20171 found this helpful

I believe your plant is an Asian Jasmine.

I have seen this growing on fences (like regular Jasmine) but it seems it is generally recognized as a ground cover. It does seem that it would also grow in a hanging basket.

Here are some pics and information on growing:

https://www.goo  DRPKuQYU7G5tM%3A

http://mrec.ifa  ne/jasmine26.jpg

http://gardenin  tic-jasmine.html

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November 6, 2016 Flag

I am trying to find out what this plant is.

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November 13, 20160 found this helpful
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I agree it is a Philodendron Selloum, it is easy to grow and it does become very large, what is nice is that it lives many years. Be careful with cats it is toxic.

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November 13, 2016 Flag

I received this plant as a gift a few months back and I love it. But I don't know what it is called or proper care instructions for it. If I can get the name of it, I should be able to find the rest of the info I need. Thanks in advance :)

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November 14, 20160 found this helpful
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It appears to be a jade plant which is a succulent

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January 8, 2017 Flag

I bought this at Home Depot in the indoor plant area. Unfortunately none of the plants had the little stick informing me what plant it was and its proper care. It has thick leathery theaves with red undersides.

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

Bring this picture to any garden center or your local Cooperative Extension center. I have done this, and found out what my plant was.

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January 14, 2017 Flag

What is this plant called?

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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

It is a type of Dieffenbachia.

Here is a link to care instructions:

https://plantca  -plant-care.html

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January 7, 2017 Flag

Can you identify this houseplant?

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you. I do appreciate your help. I have a Christmas cactus but the "leaf" is skinny on the plant with yellow blooms, but after really looking I do believe it is some type cactus. 

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October 26, 2016 Flag

Could you please tell me what this plant is?

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October 31, 20160 found this helpful
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It is beautiful, and I agree it is a heptaleurum brassaia. It grows up straight up because it is, in fact, a tree. In its native country (Australia) it can be 30 meters high. You can prune it to give it a more bushy shape.

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January 2, 2017 Flag

I got this plant from Walmart and to begin with it was doing very well, but now it seems to be dying. Can you please help me identify it so I can try to nurse it back to health? Thanks!

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

This is an elephant ear (Colocasia). The plant can be grown in the ground or in large containers. They are grown outside year-round in subtropical and tropical areas. In temperate regions, they are planted out for the summer and dug up and stored over winter, dry and with ventilation to prevent fungal infection. They can be grown in almost any temperature zone as long as the summer is warm. Growth is best at temperatures between 20 to 30 °C (68 to 86 °F). The plants can be damaged if temperatures fall below 10 °C (50 °F) for more than a few days.

The root tuber is typically planted close to the surface. The first signs of growth will appear in 1 to 3 weeks. The adult plant will need a minimum of at least 1 m2 (11 sq ft) of space for good growth. They do best in compost-rich soil and in shade, but will grow reasonably well in average soil provided it is moisture-retentive. The plants should not be left to go dry for too long; if this does happen, the leaves will wilt; watering will allow the plant to recover if done before they get too dry. Periodic fertilisation (every 3 to 4 weeks) with a common plant fertiliser will increase yields. Source: Wikipedia

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December 13, 2016 Flag

A friend and neighbor who has since passed away gave me a start from her plant years ago. It wasn't doing very well in the last year, but is making a comeback! Can you tell me what type of plant it is so I can find out how to better care for it?

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December 16, 20160 found this helpful

I believe that I have seen these recently in one of my trips to Lowe's gardening centers but not real sure about the name..

It certainly does look like a Strawberry Begonia but photo on my side is not detailed enough to be sure.

I have located a very good photo of a Strawberry Begonia so maybe you can check it out:

https://www.hou  396560761551.png

Just in case it is the correct plant then here is a web site on how to care for your plant.

http://www.theg  rry_begonia.html

This is one of the plants that can be poisonous to animals so I have included one of my "stored" web sites detailing information on plants that are/may be poisonous to our pets.

http://www.pois  g/articles/plant

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December 21, 2016 Flag

I've had 2 of these for almost 4 hears and one is flowering. It has a fantastic smell. For the life of me, I can't identify it!

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December 22, 20160 found this helpful

The only reason I would question these suggestions, is because it has absolutely no red . . .

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