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Old 04-13-2009, 11:01 PM
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PW, I brought this pot containing four plants home from my mother-in-law's wake a couple of weeks ago. I need to re-pot soon but I also need to know what type of plant each is so that I know how much water and sunlight each need along with what type of dirt/peat moss/etc to use. Any help you, or anyone else, can give me would be greatly appreciated. :flower:

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Old 04-14-2009, 01:08 AM
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I'm not so good at identifying houseplants, but here goes.

Left back corner is a Dieffenbachia.
Right back corner is what we used to call in Hawaii a Croton. Oh will you look at that, its their botanical name as well as common name. :blush:
I wasn't sure of the front left one, but thought it was a Kalanchoe. And I looked it up and I was right. Looks like it may be Kalanchoe blossfeldiana.
The fern on the right looks like a maidenhair fern adiantum. It looks like this Australian one, Adiantum hispidulum, but it may be another species.
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:45 AM
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PW, I have one more plant that I'd greatly appreciate your help with identifying. :please: This is a plant that my mother-in-law kept that I need to know what it is so that her husband can now care for it without killing it. :shakegreen:



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In before PW...

It looks like a jade plant, although the leaf margins are lobed. It could be some other succulent, like Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, another Crassulaceae like the jade plant, only with lobed leaf margins.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:12 AM
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:thankee: godfry. I was guessing jade but wasn't sure.
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It looks like another Kalanchoe plant that needs a good pruning and more light in an east or west facing window. Prune it now to encourage it to bush out. By the way it is pronounced ka-lan-ko-ee. Do a search on how to propagate it by a leaf. You can start a lot of little plantlets to give to any family member that would like a piece of mom's plant. Very easy to do.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:14 PM
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I have a Christmas Cactus that I grew from a cutting given to me by my grandmother some 20 years ago. She had gotten hers as a cutting from her grandmother, so I think of it as a kind of living family heirloom.

I've given cuttings to each of my sisters, but none of them showed any particular interest, and their plants died, sadly. Maybe I can interest some of my nieces or nephews in cuttings when they're a bit older.

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I found directions on how to propagate Kalanchoe that seem pretty simple and straight foward. :garden:

I'm going to do this to get at least one plant going before my father-in-law drowns this one. :drowned:
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It looks like another Kalanchoe plant that needs a good pruning and more light in an east or west facing window. Prune it now to encourage it to bush out. By the way it is pronounced ka-lan-ko-ee. Do a search on how to propagate it by a leaf. You can start a lot of little plantlets to give to any family member that would like a piece of mom's plant. Very easy to do.
I'm trying to figure out which Kalanchoe it is. Is it a kalanchoe bracteata? Or is it something else? :wha:

Also, how do you prune it? :shakegreen:

Anybody? :look:
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Also, this how-to on repotting I printed from the internet says to wet the potting mix prior to repotting to ensure that the potting mix will absorb water evenly. Is that necessary and how would you go about that? :?

The article also says to water the plant in its original container and let sit for one hour before repotting. Is that agreed by the plant experts here? :eelement:

btw.. I have 4 different plants that I have to get out of that pot with the ridiculous sides that slope inwards that look to me to be a pain in the ass as far as getting the plants out of the pot without harming them. :shudder:
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I'm trying to figure out which Kalanchoe it is. Is it a kalanchoe bracteata? Or is it something else? :wha:

Also, how do you prune it? :shakegreen:

Anybody? :look:


Don't look at me. I consider them 'houseplants'. I don't have 'houseplants'.
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Don't look at me. I consider them 'houseplants'. I don't have 'houseplants'.
Oh, and btw, they are not houseplants as such. Crotons, Dieffenbachias (Dumbcanes), and Kalanchoes are popular outdoor plants in warmer climates which is where they originated in the wild. The Maidenhair Fern is found out of doors, in the wild and planted in yards, in abundance in the northeast. :wisesheep:
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I love the Maidenhair Fern. :yup: I see them on Mt. Hood and in the Gorge here. Never seen them as a houseplant.
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Yeah, so do I. I've always like ferns in general, whether in the wild or cultivated. :nod: I've read that the Maidenhair Fern is hard to grow. I'll give it a shot though. :salute:
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I think there are many species of maidenhair ferns.

I do recommend wetting the plant you are about to re-pot before re-poting. An hour sounds a bit long. I just soak the sucker. It makes it easier to get out of the pot. Just spread your fingers over the soil and flip pot upside down. If it's pot bound, you'll see a mass of roots. I usually water those to loosen them up before re-potting.
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I don't know for sure which one it is but most likely K. blossfeldiana. Without flowers it can be hard to tell and I can't see the leaves real well. If you are going to transplant it I wouldn't prune it at the same time. I wouldn't transplant it unless it's root bound.

I always water any plant I am going to transplant the day before. That way they are totally hydrated before I move them. Transplanting them is a shock and they are not able to uptake moisture as well. You don't need to use any transplant fertilizers. They are a waste of money. If they need fertilizing do that the day before you transplant.

If the soil is totally dried out it can be hard to rehydrate it so that it holds moisture. When that happens I put it in the sink and let it sit in a couple of inches of water and let it sit for half a day or so until the moisture is wicked up into the soil and it looks like it will hold its moisture well. When I do this I also take the opportunity to use the spray nozzle and gently spray down the leaves to rid them of dust collected on them.

Pruning it, you can pinch out the growing tips to encourage it to bush up, or cut back so that you have a pair of leaves on the stem, getting rid of the long gangly stems.
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I love the Maidenhair Fern. :yup: I see them on Mt. Hood and in the Gorge here. Never seen them as a houseplant.
I grow them in my garden. Luv them.
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I meant this'n: File:Adiantum pedatum 09905.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I meant this'n: File:Adiantum pedatum 09905.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It's now called Adiantum aleuticum and you can see it here too.
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