I have some house plants and I do not know what they are called, but they are pretty common ones that everyone else on earth knows. I am having problems with the leaves turning brown and dying. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I know I have the right light and everything because I read the little card. How can I identify them so that I can find out what the problem is? Thanks.
Ok, got a plant question! My mom has grown this plan for about 10 years and she has no idea what it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If the leaves are turning brown at the ends, they are probably transpiring, too much water.
You said you have the little card which tells how much light the plant needs, the same card should Tell you the name of the plant?
In case you haven't found out yet you have a Coral Berry plant Also known as Ardisia crispa.
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Tami from Charleston, SC
Here are links to two websites that I find helpful. The first is the Interiorscape Plants Picture Pages by Cynthia McKinney, Associate Professor of Urban Horticulture and Extension Specialist, at Texas A&M University. This wonderful resource allows you to identify plants by photo, scientific name or common name and gives you a description of the plant, including growing requirements.
Another good web resource is The Encyclopedia of Houseplants at http://www.gflora.com. This site does not have a "search by photo" tool, but it does list over 290 plants by their scientific or common name, and if you search by "families list," a host of images are displayed, which will help you narrow your search more quickly. The site offers complete growing instructions for each plant, a small online forum where you can swap plants and ask other users questions, and the online store offers a certain number of plants for purchase.
If you still have trouble identifying your plants, attach some pictures to a request and we'll try to help you identify them.
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My grandmother had both a truck-farm in the suburbs and a greenhouse, so I might be able to help should it stump anyone. I've moved 22 times from coast to coast and traveled for seven years visiting gardens and garden centers. When living in Hawaii while my ex was in the military and on maneuvers I checked out the maximum numbers of garden books and studied everything the library there had, purchasing a wonderful encyclopedia set for home use. Yet, I have been stumped on a few occasions. (08/03/2006)
By The Interlibrary Loan Lady
I see it's been mentioned in another comment, maybe the plant identification guide is new on the site? (11/22/2007)