Plant ID forum: ID Help Please Part 2

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Name: Leonda
Northeast Mississippi (Zone 7b)
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GrowingCrazyLeonda
Feb 7, 2016 9:09 PM CST
I don't know what I'm doing wrong with these. I only use rain water and they never sit in water. Helppppp Sad
Thanks Again,
Leonda
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Curly Spider Plant. I moved it to a sunnier window today.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Feb 8, 2016 4:40 PM CST
The 1st 2 pics are Pothos (Epipremnum aureum.)
The 3rd pic is Schefflera arboricola (dwarf umbrella tree/octopus plant.)
4th pic is another Pothos.

The soil in all of your pics looks really dense/muddy. A more porous, chunky soil (like cactus/palm, if one is buying bagged,) can have air in it even when it is moist. Roots need oxygen and moisture at the same time to function. When there are tiny particles of any kind in a pot, such as peat, sand, silt, clay, they filter into all of the tiny spaces in a pot, eliminating the air. "Overwatering" is the label and manifestation when roots have suffocated and/or rotted, combo of both. There is no one thing folks can put in to make soil better, but removing tiny particles of any type will definitely help. Over time, organic bits decompose into smaller bits, so even the "best" soil, if it has organic components, will need to be replaced when this happens. The speed at which this happens depends on many variables, but on average, about 1-3 years. Adding quite a bit of perlite to potting soil works well for many people/plants.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 8, 2016 8:43 PM CST
1. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen')
2. Looks like Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola)
3. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
4. Curly Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie')

I agree with purple regarding the soil, it looks overly wet to me, like it's retaining a lot of water. A chunkier, well draining potting medium would be better in my opinion. Many plant enthusiasts add perlite to their soil to help aid in good drainage. I add orchid bark mix to my soil which creates a fast draining potting medium and offers good air circulation for the roots. I live in an area with high humidity and that method works well for me but sometimes it's just trial and error determining what works for your climate and growing conditions.
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Name: Leonda
Northeast Mississippi (Zone 7b)
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GrowingCrazyLeonda
Feb 9, 2016 2:08 PM CST
@purpleinopp @plantladylin
Thank y'all so very much! Gonna change the soil and do some research an see if I can find out what they like or don't. I also found out that there was a bad draft from the window that they were in front of. Could that cause the brown spots on them?

Does the orchid bark and the cactus/palm
come in big bags? Also what do y'all think about Miracle gro potting soil or is there one y'all would recommend?

I agree Lin, it's definitely trial and error. Right now it's been a lot of error. Sad
I too live in a high humidity area. It's been spitting snow today and the humidity is still 38% and summer are killers lol.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Feb 9, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Happy to share info that's helped me. Yes, you can get 40 lb. bags called "cactus mix" and "palm soil" at L's.
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Name: Mary
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Pistil
Feb 9, 2016 11:00 PM CST
They also look a bit pale, I think they should get some fertilizer occasionally.
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kniphofia
Feb 9, 2016 11:51 PM CST
I would ditch them and start again. The spider plant in particular looks well past saving.
Drafts are definitely bad for houseplants, or being near a heat source. You may be watering too much as well, give them a thorough watering then leave until the top inch or two of compost feels slightly dry.

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