Houseplants forum: Can these house plants be saved?!?!?!

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Name: April
Burbank CA (Zone 10a)
Jan 24, 2016 7:09 PM CST
These 2 plants are looking very unhappy. Any advice? Sighing!
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Name: Cheryl
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Jan 24, 2016 7:41 PM CST
Honestly? Your Ti plant (?) and pothos look too far gone. You might be able to find some live roots from the pothos with the green leaves. But it may not be worth the trouble. Might as well buy new or get a new fresh cutting.
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Name: Sig Hafstrom
Oakland, California, USA (Zone 10a)
Jan 25, 2016 7:45 PM CST
Hm, that first plant, could be ti, looks like dracaena to me. Whatever it was, I'm with ShadyGreenThumb on this one - it's a gonner.

The pothos is salvageable but it'll take some sustained effort. I've seen worse coaxed back into vigorous health, but certainly not overnight. If you're up for the challenge, start by cutting all the dead stuff off and leaving just the vines with green leaves, especially the ones closest to the base of plant. I assume it didn't get enough water and the soil is super dry? If so, give it a good soak in the sink. Most the water will run off the dried soil without soaking in, so it'll likely take several waterings to get the soil fully saturated. Once the soil has had a good drink, you can hang the plant back in its spot and put it on a weekly watering schedule. Good luck!
Name: Tiffany
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Jan 26, 2016 5:12 PM CST
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Jan 26, 2016 10:04 PM CST
Welcome April! and Sig!
I agree the first plant is dead.
The second plant, I would only take cuttings and discard the rest. If you absolutely have to have a plant for free, it will live. But it'll be a slow process. And you'l have to figure out and correct what killed it.
I would really recommend you just toss it all and go get a small new pothos for a few bucks, and start with a healthy new plant. Pothos is common. Any Home depot or walmart should have it.
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Name: tarev
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Jan 27, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Hello April,

The first plant looks like a Dracaena. It does look really dead, but, if that trunk still feels firm all the way down even below the soil level, and if you are willing to wait, if it were mine, I will uproot that plant, and remove all soil, and those dried out leaves. As you remove the dried out leaves, you may be able to gently scrape the bark, if it shows there is some fresh green beneath, then the plant is still alive.

You can either try to encourage some rooting, in water or in a very reduced size of container with some soil. But it will be rather long haul, it is winter, and the tropicals are into slow down phase and your plant has been too stressed. But that's me, I have seen dracaenas form roots at the very edge of the root base, or suddenly push out a leaf growth at the top end, but is a long wait.

Now for the pothos, trim off all the dried out parts, and rescue any green stem with a leaf, stick it in water, and it may still try to grow new roots, but just wait patiently. Again the season is for these plants to be on a slow down. I grow my pothos in water gels, so it allows the plant to get moisture and air circulation at root level.

Now if it is too much to wait for, just get a new plant and learn from the growing experience to avoid this scenario. Good luck!

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