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Kiss161
Jan 21, 2015 9:27 PM CST
I know it looks a little ruff I trying to keep it alive over winter in basement what is the name of it

And what is good way to Keep it
Alive Thx
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Jan 21, 2015 9:53 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP. I think you might have Gibasis geniculata there. Does it have tiny white flowers when it blooms? @Purpleinopp may know more. Here's a photo from the database:

Does the plant look more like this when it's actively growing?
Donald

Kiss161
Jan 21, 2015 10:03 PM CST
That's what it must be Smiling ? How to keep it alive in basement over winter?

And how I can say buy one of those hanging bags some soil and grow my own ? Seeds ?
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 21, 2015 11:00 PM CST
Welcome! I would have guessed Bolivian Jew since that looks similar to mine in the winter if it doesn't get any light. This year it went into the bright greenhouse instead of the garage. It is actually growing. I'd suggest place it by your basement window if you have one?
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Jan 21, 2015 11:06 PM CST
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jvdubb
Jan 22, 2015 7:47 AM CST
I'm sorry I can't help you with your plant. Boy it is massive!

But I did want to welcome you to ATP. Welcome!
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purpleinopp
Jan 22, 2015 8:11 AM CST
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That does look familiar, thanks for inviting my opinion. Here's Gibasis geniculata struggling in my basement in 2003 when I lived in OH. This is what it looked like by April. If you can keep it alive, it can get a haircut, repot, & grow back well once outside again. Don't worry about its' appearance for now as long as it's alive.

Your basement is probably coolish & fairly humid? In conditions like that, plants use very little water. If it's a hanging pot that doesn't have a hole in the bottom surface of the pot, it could be harboring about 1/2 inch of extra water. If you have a pruning nipper, you can snip a chunk out of the bottom of the pot, which will make sure excess water can drain out, though unless it becomes bone dry & weightless, I wouldn't water it while in a basement.

As insurance, you might try to find some stems that seem alive still and try some cuttings. If you have other potted plants upstairs, you could put cuttings in any pot that has some space at the soil surface. The existing root system of the companion plant would help your cuttings to not stay soggy while taking root, less likely to rot before they get going.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Jan 22, 2015 9:38 AM CST
It does look like Bolivian Jew as well, doesn't it? I suspect the care during winter would be the same as for Gibasis. What color are the blooms for Bolivian Jew? Tiffany's advice for taking cuttings would be good for either one as well. I have Gibasis geniculata and rooted cuttings have been the only plants that I've managed to grow well and attractively. My main container of it manages to only look nice for about one day out of 365 and ratty the other 364 days Sad . But the cuttings stuck in and around other plants, mainly daylilies, have been superlative - and then they freeze. Oh well. I don't water the Gibasis or anything else very much during the winter months.
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jvdubb
Jan 22, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Could it be a Tradescantia fluminensis? Commonly called Wandering Jew.

I have one of those and it goes gang busters outside in the shade in summer. When I bring it in for the winter is lookes like the pictures above. I take cutting and put them in water for the winter as insurance. The main plant I just let go poopy. It always seems to survive. In spring I cut it back to the edge of the pot and it goes gang busters again. When I get home tonight I will try to find pictures so you can see.
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purpleinopp
Jan 22, 2015 1:51 PM CST
I don't think it's T. fluminensis, but any of the suggestions here are possible, with only this pic to go on. Kiss, if you're unable to decide from comparing what you remember your plant looking like to pics of the suggested names given here, hopefully we'll get another pic when it (or a cutting of it) can get back to the conditions that make it happy & recognizable. Unless you happen to have a pic of it when it was still looking good?

Donald, if by Bolivian Jew, you mean Callisia repens, its' flowers are so small, they are virtually invisible. In some older sources with drawings, the blooms are shown correctly, but if one does an image search, the bloom pics are all C. cordifolia, not C. repens. Even reputable sources like MOBOT and several .edu sites show pics of C. cordifolia labeled C. repens. Not surprising since they are so similar.
Turtle Vine (Callisia repens)

Callisia cordifolia is wildly different looking when it blooms. I've put pics of that in the DB here.
Callisia cordifolia

After having both for several years, the differences are striking, numerous, and when one of them is in bloom, very obvious. Most notably, C. repens is purple in the back, doesn't bloom (visibly to humans.) C. cordifolia leaves are green on the back & the blooms are quite noticeable. I've tried to document the differences with the pics I've added here. What do you think?
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needrain
Jan 22, 2015 3:21 PM CST
Lawzy! I don't know, Tiffany. That was Cheryl that suggested Bolivian Jew. I just looked at that in the database and saw that the foliage looked similar. My guess was based as much on the stems and leaf size combination as anything else. The length between leaf joints reminded me of Gibasis, but purple backed leaves and the bloom would go a lot further to identifying it. It was just my best guess which is why I used a database photo showing the blooms. Most tradescantia blooms that I've seen have mostly been sort of pinkish. Searching for Bolivian Jew did turn up Callisian repens and I've seen it (I think), but haven't grown it that I recall. I guess what I grow could be something else, but it was called 'Bridal Veil' when I got it. At the same time I was told it was a Wandering Jew. Common names can really mess things up! It took me a little while to look it up and decide what I grow was Gibasis geniculata and not Tradescantia of any sort. Obviously they are closely related. I have found the Gibasis to be different to manage than any Tradescantia I've grown. I haven't mastered growing it well yet. The plant I have does have strongly purple backed leaves and lots of white blooms that are the reason it was sold with the name 'Bridal Veil', I'm sure. The stems get purpleish too. If Kiss knows some further details from when it was growing outside of the basement, then some options could be eliminated. Your photos sure help in distinguishing between some of those options.
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2015 4:13 PM CST
My first thought was Turtle Vine (Callisia repens) which also has the common name of Bolivian Jew.
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