chilipadi
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Help needed to identify my new houseplants (pics inside)

Hello! I'm a one-day old member and this is my first post :)

I love plants but they always died because my old flat was too dark & dingy. I'm new to this, so that didn't help either! I just moved to a new apartment which is bright and airy - finally my houseplants have some chance of survival! :D

So I was like a woman posessed at the local garden centre - but when I got home I realised I didn't actually know what I had bought, and hence can't cross-reference to read about their care.

Can anyone help me identify them please?
1. Is this a Flamingo flower? It's not doing so well as you can see (flowers turning brown, brown leaves) any tips on what to do?
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2.
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3.
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Hi chilipadi :)

Not sure what the first two are but I would say by the damage on the leaf that is visible that it is not getting enough humidity. Is it near a radiator? If so move it and try a saucer with gravel in underneath that you fill with water, not to water it as such although it will, but to produce some humidity around it. Do the same with the second one. It looks like a tropical climber and again will benefit from humid conditions. The third one is a Dracaena. That likes some shade and to be kept quite dry. As it ages some of the leaves at the lowest point of growth will turn dry and crispy. This is normal as the new growth comes from the top. Just peel them off.

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Hi Jess

Thanks for your reply :)

For the first plant, I will try what you said. I've already tried moving it around to different locations (sunny / less sunny), but nothing seems to make this plant happy. :? I will monitor the humidity from now on, which I never thought of doing before.

For the Dracaena (thanks, it now has a name!) it did have 1 leaf at the bottom go dry & I peeled it off. Glad to know I did the right thing & it's normal because I always panic when I see a brown leaf.

Thanks,
chilipadi

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Re: Help needed to identify my new houseplants (pics inside)

Alright I can't remember the name of the first one. Horrible since I have a degree in horticulture. The second one is a Spath, more commonly known as a peace lily, the third as you have been told is dracaena marginata, otherwise known as the dragon tree.

In Both the peace lily and the dragon tree you should make sure that your soil has no perlite in it. Perlite tends to burn the edges of those plants. As the dragon tree grows the bottle leaves will turn brown and peel off, don't panic, it just means it's healthy. If it isn't the bottom ones turning brown and peeling off is when you should worry.

Spath's or the Peace Lily depending on what you want to call it can take a fair amount of abuse, I've seen them completely dry out have all of the leaves droop and still manage to come back after a good watering.

Hope that helps.

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BeautyIX,

Hello, thanks for helping out here. I was wondering if you could elaborate on something.
In Both the peace lily and the dragon tree you should make sure that your soil has no perlite in it. Perlite tends to burn the edges of those plants.
This is the first time I have ever heard any mention of this. Are you aware of any other plants that are susceptible to this? Thanks again.

Norm

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Re: Help needed to identify my new houseplants (pics inside)

BeautyIX wrote:The second one is a Spath, more commonly known as a peace lily, the third as you have been told is dracaena marginata, otherwise known as the dragon tree.
Hi BeautyIX

Thanks for yout input. Cannot tell you how invaluble it is knowing the brown leaves are normal for the dracaena. I tend to panic a bit when this happens with other plants.

I'm so sorry, I should have eleborated more in my first post - first that I live in the tropics (Singapore) and the size of the plants.

I don't think the second plant is a peace lily as I already have one of those & it's different - here's a picture:

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Here's the peace lily with the 2nd plant (from my first post) VHS tape in picture for scale
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The tall plant in the above picture is common here as an outdoor plant - some people even have it in their ponds. Fortunately it appears very healthy and hardy and hasn't given me any trouble yet :D

Sorry I wasn't clear before & thanks again.

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Hi,

I think the first one is Anthurrium. Not sure tho'

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Balbo wrote:Hi,

I think the first one is Anthurrium. Not sure tho'
Thanks! I did some research based on this info and I'm pretty sure that's it. The descriptions / pictures I've found online fit my plant perfectly.

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