Plant ID forum: noID plant obtained at swap

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Sep 21, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Is this a spider plant? Something else?

Thumb of 2014-09-21/Catmint20906/c8a1a5
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Frillylily
Sep 21, 2014 9:59 AM CST
https://www.google.com/search?q=dracaena+deremensis&biw=1680...

is it one of these?

A photo of the area where the plant come out of the soil, like the crown area would be helpful.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 21, 2014 9:59 AM CST
Yes it looks like a Spider Plant to me:

http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Chlorophytum+como...
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Sep 21, 2014 10:53 AM CST
Thanks!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 21, 2014 8:54 PM CST
Spider plants have fleshy roots so if you can stick your finger in there & brush away a little soil, you should be able to see the roots. They often can be seen just at the base of the plant where it goes into the soil.
See the roots on these?




Thanks to Tiffany for posting those photos! Thumbs up @purpleinopp
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Sep 22, 2014 4:36 AM CST
thanks, Ann! I checked the roots and they look like this:

Thumb of 2014-09-22/Catmint20906/2a5cbd

What do you think? If it's a spider plant, I'll bring it into work. Otherwise, I'll plant it.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 22, 2014 4:37 AM CST
Take that baby to work Cat, you have a spider plant. Smiling
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Sep 22, 2014 4:39 AM CST
thanks for the ID, Ann and Lin! Thumbs up
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 22, 2014 4:41 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Happy to help.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2014 7:48 AM CST
So glad those pics could help. I agree, those roots are pretty distinct. When they're crammed like that at the bottom of a pot, the foliage starts to suffer. My Mom let this stuff go in her yard (mistake, don't do that, but that's another discussion...) and I dug it up when it got out of control after a few years. But the point is, the roots go DEEP without a pot bottom in the way, about a foot down, looks like white carrots.

The average hanging pot just isn't deep enough to accommodate spider plant roots. If someone would design a much deeper pot for hanging spider plants, it would be a huge success. People love spider plants and there are constant discussions about them starting to look poorly, much more quickly than other plants that can often look great for many years without a repot. When those huge roots are smushed and so exposed like that, they are much more susceptible to wild swings in moisture levels, and in much more danger of being rotted by instances of any water sitting in the reservoir that many hanging pots have, or a drip tray. Then while the soil is drying, the roots can dry first, and spend a lot of time unnecessarily exposed to no moisture at all. Most people would prefer to have a thriving plant, not one that's just stayin' alive. It's easier to find a deeper pot that's not hanging, so putting spider in one of those on a pedestal/small table might work great for some also. In the smaller pots, repotting about every year has proved necessary to me to have the best-looking foliage. There is some recovery involved in trimming off spider plant roots as seen in my pics. A work-around that could be easier on the plant would be to remove some of the soil from the top surface where there's probably little to no roots, untangle the bottom a bit & put more soil in the bottom, back in the same pot.

I appreciate the 'likes' on the roots pics, but if folks could please un-click for these pics. The number of 'likes' on a pic determines the order in which pics show up on the database page, and it's awkward for these pics to be in contention for the main pic that shows up in search results, as the pic that represents the plant. For that, a pic of a lovely plant in healthy condition is optimal! TYVM!!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 22, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Unclicked as requested Tiffany but the moderators can permanently set the main display photo for any plant page just so you know.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2014 7:43 PM CST
That is interesting, TY for the factoid. And TY for the un-click. LOL!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 22, 2014 8:00 PM CST
No problem. If ever you notice a photo appearing as the main photo for a plant that is of roots or bark or what have you; just contact one of the plants administrators & ask them to change it.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 22, 2014 9:26 PM CST
Thank you, Ann -- I've seen some like that and really had no idea it could (or would) be changed Smiling
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Sep 23, 2014 4:30 AM CST
thanks, Ann--good to know! Thank You! Thumbs up
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 23, 2014 5:17 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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