Plant ID forum: Mystery stem? vine?

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Name: k3ls4ur
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k3ls4ur
Aug 24, 2016 3:05 PM CST
I got this plant from my sister who said to put it in water and roots would grow back. She said there used to be leaves where the rings are. I have little to no plant knowledge so I'm hoping to get some insight into what kind of plant this is so I can bring it to life

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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 24, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Did your sister say what shape the leaves are? It kind of looks like a Cordyline to me but I am not sure.
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Aug 24, 2016 4:14 PM CST
Judging by the stem size, color, leaf scars, the tiny little nubs that are leaf buds, etc, I'd guess some sort of dieffenbachia. Of course, no idea what kind of variety until you have leaves. The stems are normally straight, but when they get overgrown in lower light situations, they can bend into some weird shapes. This won't damage it at all, just will make potting it up a little interesting. Blinking Hilarious!

Assuming it is dieffenbachia, you can root it in water like your sis said or you can root it directly in a pot of soil. These guys root easily. Once it roots and you pot it, keep it slightly moist to slightly dry - they are really easy to grow, they just don't like to have "wet feet" or they'll rot.

Oh, edited to add: Diffs aren't vines, they are more shrubby (tho, I don't know if they are technically considered shrubs, per se).

https://www.google.com/search?q=dieffenbachia&client=safari&...
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Name: k3ls4ur
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k3ls4ur
Aug 24, 2016 4:20 PM CST
greene said:Did your sister say what shape the leaves are? It kind of looks like a Cordyline to me but I am not sure.


I'm going to get a picture of the leaves on the rest of the plant that she has tonight and upload them. I don't think it's a cordyline after looking at pictures on google, I think the leaves were more of a wide regular leaf shape, if that makes any sense.
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k3ls4ur
Aug 24, 2016 4:22 PM CST
[quote="Carter"]Judging by the stem size, color, leaf scars, the tiny little nubs that are leaf buds, etc, I'd guess some sort of dieffenbachia. Of course, no idea what kind of variety until you have leaves. The stems are normally straight, but when they get overgrown in lower light situations, they can bend into some weird shapes. This won't damage it at all, just will make potting it up a little interesting. Blinking Hilarious!

Assuming it is dieffenbachia, you can root it in water like your sis said or you can root it directly in a pot of soil. These guys root easily. Once it roots and you pot it, keep it slightly moist to slightly dry - they are really easy to grow, they just don't like to have "wet feet" or they'll rot.

Oh, edited to add: Diffs aren't vines, they are more shrubby (tho, I don't know if they are technically considered shrubs, per se).

]https://www.google.com/search?q=dieffenbachia&client=safari&...

After looking at the google images of dieffenbachia, I think this is pretty close. The few leaves she has on hers are pretty similar to the ones in the pictures. I'm going to try to get a picture of the leaves on hers tonight in hopes that it will help identify this better. Thanks!
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plantladylin
Aug 24, 2016 6:31 PM CST
Looks like Dieffenbachia stem to me too.
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