Plant ID forum: Help identifying this indoor plant

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Plantladynoob
Nov 16, 2016 3:13 PM CST
My mother purchased this plant for me and it sat in our upstairs living room for several months. It had grown quite a bit and I do not eater it regularly. I am wondering if anyone knows what kind of plant it is and how often it should be watered.

Thanks in advance.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 16, 2016 3:22 PM CST
It is a Dracaena marginata You got the watering right, it is a drought tolerant, low light plant. So it means making good watering intervals, it does not need to be always soaking wet or too moist.

Plantladynoob
Nov 16, 2016 5:16 PM CST
What happened to my string of pearls plant!

When I bought it it was nice and had many shoots of pearls. Since then I have repotted it into this glass container, and no it doesn't have drainage holes, but I did not water it excessively as articles online said it is drought tolerant. I have saved the last 2 remaining stems and planted them as seen in the second photo, both do not have many roots. I do not have high hopes for them.

My house temperature is usually around 15-20 degrees celsius (60-68 degrees Fahrenheit) and is heated by furnace in the fall and winter.

The plant got indirect sunlight sitting on my table with other plants. Spot shown in the last photo.


I'd like to get some more string of pearls plants, but I would not like to kill them again!
If anyone has had success with this plant as an indoor plant with similar conditions let me know how you do it!

Thanks in advance,
Plant lady noob
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porkpal
Nov 16, 2016 5:34 PM CST
Pots without drainage are almost impossible to manage.
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tarev
Nov 16, 2016 5:39 PM CST
Your string of beans or Senecio rowleyanus is a succulent. So first rule with succulents, got to have well draining media and container with drain holes. Yes, it is drought tolerant, but still needs containers with drain holes, its roots do not like being too wet. Looking at the media or soil you used, it may have compacted, gotten too moist, not having good air in the root zone, so your plant's roots suffered.

If it were mine, I would cut and remove the remaining senecios and lay it on top of a well draining media, lightly cover one end with soil if you want. I typically use cacti mix for it. Or if you have no access to cacti mix, you may use ordinary potting soil but make sure to add more perlite or pumice to make it very well draining.

It is better to water this plant once thoroughly and let it drain well, leave it alone, allow media to go dry, before watering again. Bright indirect light is its preference. Don't use too big containers, since your remaining ones are so short now, give it time and hopefully new leaves will eventually grow again.
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purpleinopp
Nov 17, 2016 9:50 AM CST
HI & welcome! Your lovely tree looks like this version of D. marginata:
Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor')

The speed at which the soil dries would determine how often more water is needed, and can vary as conditions change, days lengthen/shorten, plants grow. The type/texture of soil would determine how quickly it can dry, combined with factors like temperature, humidity level of the room, air movement, amount of sunshine hitting the plant.

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