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Erikdnieto
Jun 12, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Hi, everyone. First time here. Picked up a plant with bright purple/pink/almost red leaves at a plant store last week. The man at the shop said it was an indoor plant, and only needed about a cup of water a week. I've had to water it every day to keep it from wilting, but it's just not doing well. I thought I could take better care of it if I knew what kind of plant it was. I google imaged searched to no avail. I've attached an image of one of the leaves for reference.
Thank you in advance!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 12, 2016 7:41 PM CST
What you have there looks to me like a coleus. I have never grown then inside. Maybe someone who has will chime in? Have you repotted it? I'd dso, it could simply be transplant shock. What area of the country are you in? Most coleus live in shade but there are a few who can take sun. Again, i only know this as an outdoor plant. I keep mine evenly moist. Welcome! Welcome!
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2016 7:58 PM CST
I think its an Amaranth called "Bloodleaf". Maybe Iresine herbstii.
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CarolHB
Jun 12, 2016 8:11 PM CST
The one leaf with clear darker veining in it does look like iresine, and just like the pic in the Sunset Western Garden Book. Depending on where you are I guess it could be a house plant, but at this time of year, unless you live in Iceland, well, even there they have summer. I'd get it repotted into a bigger pot, and get it into the sun for at least three hours a day for a while and gradually move up, but not too slowly, to full sun - 6 hrs or more/day. Iresine needs regular water, which I think is about 1"/wk. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, please.
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Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Jun 12, 2016 11:26 PM CST
Bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii) in plant database.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jun 14, 2016 5:10 PM CST
I have that growing in partial shade. It will grow in more sun, but it bleaches out. Very easy to start from cuttings either in water or soil. It does need plenty of room and water.
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CarolHB
Jun 14, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Oh, good. I'm wrong. Partial shade is way better because I've got some of that in a really good spot for it. Good to know.
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ctcarol
Jun 14, 2016 6:29 PM CST
It really helps brighten a shady spot, where few colorful things grow. The only pest I've ever seen on it is Grasshoppers, but boy, do they love it!
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CarolHB
Jun 14, 2016 6:31 PM CST
Grasshoppers, you say? Ok, I'll get a gun.
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ctcarol
Jun 14, 2016 6:51 PM CST
Well, mostly, just those little green ones, so I don't think a gun is required...yet.
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2016 7:51 PM CST
I'm pretty sure a Gatling gun is required. That will take care of the grasshoppers and squirrels. Smiling
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Jun 15, 2016 9:19 AM CST
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plantladylin
Jun 15, 2016 9:25 AM CST
I agree, it looks like Beefsteak Plant (Iresine herbstii) A lovely plant!
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CarolHB
Jun 15, 2016 4:24 PM CST
A gatling gun. I never thought of that. So how do we get rid of grasshoppers really?
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Zencat
Jun 15, 2016 4:30 PM CST
In a dream I had a couple of years ago, my DH and I used a gunship. "There's one! And another!"
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Moonhowl
Jun 15, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Had to laugh Celia...We have the very large, very hungry Eastern Lubber Grasshopper here. After a conversation with my grandson one night about alien invasion movies and them looking like insects, I dreamed I was chasing lubbers in a space ship and zapping them with my laser death ray...chortling the whole time...die you alien buggers... until I woke my DH. *Blush* (but secretly quite pleased with my kill rate) Whistling
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Zencat
Jun 15, 2016 7:58 PM CST
Ha! Jean, that's hilarious!

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