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May 29, 2016 7:59 AM CST
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as my name suggests, my room mate moved out and left me a plant.
This is it:
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It's not in a very good shape, sadly. If anyone could identify the plant so I can give it the care it needs I'd appreciated it very much.
Please help me give this plant a fighting chance for the life it deserves!
May 29, 2016 8:23 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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The dead twigs in the middle suggests a Ficus benjamina with way too little light. Clean out all the dead stuff, cut all the green stems back to just a couple leaf nodes, re-pot and find a sunny window. Otherwise, drop it into the garbage can. Smiling

Good luck!

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May 29, 2016 8:35 AM CST
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thanks a lot for you answer, garbage can definitely isn't an answer! I'll follow your advice and do my best to save this guy.

Since I have 0 experience with plants, I'll need the luck!

Thanks once again.
May 29, 2016 8:38 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Hi & welcome! I don't have an opinion on its' ID, but it could be a Ficus. If so, it will have white sap inside, which is latex. It's best to avoid getting that on your skin. Sensitivity to latex sap is fairly uncommon, but for the unfortunate few who are sensitive, it causes a rash like poison ivy. Avoiding contact is prudent, &/or washing with cool (not warm) water ASAP after exposure.
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May 29, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Name: Elaine
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I agree with Daisy on removing all the dead twigs. Wire cutters work fine if you don't have some pruning shears. Personally, I wouldn't cut off any green stems, let them grow for a while. The foliage you have looks pretty healthy, actually, and will help the plant to recover. Once it's growing and looks better, you can trim and shape it to whatever you want.

Looks to me as if your room mate let this plant dry out and thought it was dead. Amazing how resilient plants can be, huh? I think you've already saved it. Anyway, put it near a window, water it for a few weeks and see how it comes along. If it keeps growing, post another picture and maybe we'll be able to ID it for sure.

You'll need a little bit of fertilizer to give it, since we're heading into summer. Get a little box of soluble fert, (you dissolve it in water) and give it half strength (i.e. use half of what they say on the box) about every 2 weeks until you're sure it's going strong. Then go with full strength.

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