Plant ID forum: Help Me Identify Mom in law House plant -she has had for 20+ years!

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NLgarden
May 13, 2016 6:20 PM CST
She has had plant for over 20 years. We would like to find out its real plant name so it can get the care it needs!

I am going to attach a few pictures.
it is kept indoors, and grows tall and gets a pod/bud once a year but doesn't flower.

It is ready for a new pot and just want to make sure we are getting the right size for it to grow healthy.

please have a look and get back to me with any information you have to offer. thank you so much!
I have attached one picture of the plant standing as a whole.
second a picture of the leaf
and third of the root!

Thank you again so much,I hope to hear something.
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pirl
May 13, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Diffenbachia/dumbcane. It takes all kinds of abuse!
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plantladylin
May 13, 2016 7:39 PM CST
Hi NLgarden, Welcome!

I too think your mom-in-law's plant looks like Dieffenbachia and what a beautiful specimen ... she has obviously taken great care of that beauty to have it thrive for so many years!

We have quite a few Dieffenbachia listed in our database with info and photos: : http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Dieffenbachia&but... and they would all take the same care.

I sure wouldn't changes a thing regarding the care, it really is gorgeous and it's obvious it's been in good hands all these years! Thumbs up If it needs a larger container just tell her to be sure the pot has good drainage and to use a good quality compost/potting soil.
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terrafirma
May 14, 2016 6:14 AM CST
Welcome! NLgarden!

I agree
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purpleinopp
May 14, 2016 6:31 AM CST
Hi & Welcome! What a gorgeous plant!!
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prabhisetty
May 14, 2016 9:01 AM CST
NLgarden said:She has had plant for over 20 years. We would like to find out its real plant name so it can get the care it needs!

I am going to attach a few pictures.
it is kept indoors, and grows tall and gets a pod/bud once a year but doesn't flower.

It is ready for a new pot and just want to make sure we are getting the right size for it to grow healthy.

please have a look and get back to me with any information you have to offer. thank you so much!
I have attached one picture of the plant standing as a whole.
second a picture of the leaf
and third of the root!

Thank you again so much,I hope to hear something.
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It looks like an Agalonema
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AlyssaBlue
May 14, 2016 9:06 AM CST
Welcome!

NLGarden- Do you have a photo of the entire plant itself, with the current pot? It would help with the re-potting advice, which by the way, may take two people (unless you can somehow support the canes while repotting). Are you thinking it's root bound?

It's a beautiful plant!!!!
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critterologist
May 14, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Just from the growth habit, I'm thinking Diffenbachia ("dumb cane") rather than Aglaonema ("chinese evergreen"), although the leaves are similar on these plants.

If it ain't broke... That plant is lovely and big and doesn't seem to be in distress. I'm not sure I'd put it in a bigger pot, although you may want to repot it with fresh potting mix in the same size pot. Some houseplants really don't mind being rootbound, and in fact sometimes they really object to being messed with if they've been happily rootbound for years.
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critterologist
May 15, 2016 10:59 AM CST
useful response re. repotting in another thread: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1149395/
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