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raymanh
Aug 15, 2021 11:06 PM CST
First post here and completely new to keeping plants. I'd like some advice if you could, my plants aren't doing too well.

I live in Taiwan where the climate is hot and humid (35 deg C, 80% humidity). About a week ago I bought some plants and placed them inside our balcony where they're exposed to the outside temperature/humidity, but sheltered from rain. They get a few hours of sunlight and the balcony acts as a bit of a greenhouse so it probably gets quite hot in there. The plants are not placed on plates so the water seeps out of the holes at the bottom on the pots when watered. So far, I've watered them once after buying them, and again today, 4 days after buying them. They look a bit droopy, have yellowed a bit, and have some brown spots.

Two questions:
1. What plants have I bought? They didn't have any name on them when I bought them.
2. Do they look under-watered, and generally how should I look after them?

Thank you.



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raymanh
Aug 15, 2021 11:07 PM CST
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raymanh
Aug 15, 2021 11:08 PM CST
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raymanh
Aug 15, 2021 11:09 PM CST
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Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Aug 15, 2021 11:20 PM CST
If you're in 35C temperatures you need to be watering your plants more than once a week. The last photo shows succulent plants, I see Echeverias and Kalanchoes so they can be allowed to dry out inbetween watering, but your foliage plants, I see Devil's Ivy, Dieffenbachia, Calathea, peace lily, a palm and some ferns (not sure of the one with yellow narrow foliage) will need watering much more frequently. You can put your finger into the compost and if the top couple of inches feels dry you need to water. They are beautiful plants and deserve proper care.

raymanh
Aug 15, 2021 11:32 PM CST
Thanks Sue, that's helpful.
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WillC
Aug 17, 2021 7:49 AM CST
I agree with Sue, but even more so. Even with more frequent watering, those temps are too high for the health of your plants long term. They also need protection from any direct sunlight.
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purpleinopp
Aug 17, 2021 12:14 PM CST
Hi & welcome! You have a lovely space and some very beautiful plants!

The temperature is similar here for about half of the year. Most tropical plants love it. Kalanchoes in particular thrive on baking in the sun, as long as the soil doesn't get literally all the way dried. They will still thrive after that, but the oldest leaves will fall off.
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rosebuddy2
Aug 18, 2021 11:13 AM CST
Thinking that your plant in the sixth picture is a type of ming aralia. Your balcony looks beautiful with all the plants! Good luck.
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2021 11:38 AM CST
Hi raymanh, Welcome!

These are my guesses on your photos showing individual plants:

Plant in photo #2 - Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Plant in photo #3 - Dieffenbachias (Dieffenbachia)
Plant in photo #4 - Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Plant in photo #6 - My guess is but a variety of Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
Plant in photo #7 - Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

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purpleinopp
Aug 18, 2021 12:10 PM CST
The little palm looks like C. elegans or C. cataractarum:
https://garden.org/plants/sear...

And is there a bird nest fern in the 1st pic?
Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium antiquum)

To compare to your succulents:
Golden Sedum (Sedum nussbaumerianum)
Gollum Jade (Crassula ovata 'Gollum')
Lavender Scallops (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi)
Flapjacks (Kalanchoe luciae)
I have all of the above plants and they do not mind heat or humidity.

The other two look like a possible Echeveria and maybe a Haworthia.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2021 12:34 PM CST
Photo #5, back left looks like Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema 'Silver Bay') and front left looks like Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
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Name: John
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Aug 18, 2021 12:47 PM CST
Photo #3 is an Aglaonema. The leaves are shiny and the petioles show pink blush.
Group photo: from L to R and top to bottom
Peace lily, Aglaonema 'Silver Queen', little green thing, another Aglaonema, Boston fern
yellow Schefflera puechlerii, Bird-nest fern, Chamaedorea (probably elegans), Aglaonema again, Boston fern. The Scefflera is VERY dry and will probably lose a lot of leaves before it recovers.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 18, 2021 1:26 PM CST
I'm not sure Rayman is coming back.

Lin, aren't A. nudis & antiquum synonyms? If not, I wonder how one distinguishes? There seems to be agreement on "some kind of Asplenium."

As far as the striped Aglaonema goes, I'm not sure about a cultivar at all, or that one in particular. It may be this species:
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)

John, you may be right about the "curly" yellow plant being some kind of Schefflera (or similar, close relative that may have experienced a recent name change.) It looks like it has compound leaves. But I couldn't find another plant that looked like it, or that species name in any searches.



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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2021 1:30 PM CST
purpleinopp said: Lin, aren't A. nudis & antiquum synonyms? If not, I wonder how one distinguishes? There seems to be agreement on "some kind of Asplenium."


According to the Catalogue of Life, Asplenium nidus and Asplenium antiquum are two separate accepted species.

A. antiquum: https://www.catalogueoflife.or...
A. nidus: https://www.catalogueoflife.or...


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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2021 1:36 PM CST
I'm not sure hot to tell the differences between Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium antiquum) and Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) Shrug! I've had plants over the years labeled A. nidus and A. antiquum and one had broader leaves than the other but I don't recall which was which.

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purpleinopp
Aug 18, 2021 1:43 PM CST
Well, thank you.

I do not know what characteristic to observe to differentiate. It used to be easy to find written ID keys, but someone has wiped out most of the actual info from the internet lately. This is as far as I want to go into it with these ferns because the ability to research is gone. Should'a kept all those books.

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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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Name: Di
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rosebuddy2
Aug 19, 2021 9:20 AM CST
Still thinking that the plant in photo #6 is a ming aralia. (Polyscias Fruticosa) I really like the look of yours, and the colour of it. If not, I would love to know what it actually is.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 19, 2021 9:29 AM CST
Plerandra, Aralia, Schefflera, Dizygotheca have gone around and around trading species about as fast as programmers can edit databases. It's pretty much the same suggestion. Searching those names, one might find a match.

If Rayman comes back, maybe we will be offered a closer pic of the foliage of that plant. A peek @ the stems could also hold some clues, especially if they have that distinct mottling that some of these plants do.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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Name: John
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Aug 20, 2021 7:53 PM CST
I agree Choose a genus, any genus and then elllegantissima or whatever species epithet applies. Rolling my eyes.
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