Plant ID forum: I urgently need help

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Feb 12, 2017 1:11 AM CST

I was given two plants of which no one knew what they were called or how to take care of them, I would really appreciate any help you can give me. I have attached two pictures of the plants.
Also, I had rosemary nearby and I am not sure if that affected them as the rosemary plant is perfectly fine.

Thank you in advance

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Feb 12, 2017 7:37 AM CST
The first one looks like a Begonia rex.
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Feb 12, 2017 7:42 AM CST
Yes, Begonia rex of some kind. Second one looks like Portulaca? normally see that as a summer annual.
Both look healthy enough but very young, recently rooted. It'll take them time to show much growth.
The rosemary isn't hurting them. If rosemary is happy, then the others should be getting enough light to do OK.
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Feb 12, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Your Begonia doesn't seem to have the wild colors of a Rex but it is some kind of rhizomatous Begonia. Care would be the same as a Rex. Compare to 'Beefsteak' as it ages, it's going to need to get a bit older to be fully recognizable. There are THOUSANDS of different Begonias:
Beefsteak Begonia (Begonia 'Erythrophylla')

Your other plant is Portulaca umbraticola (ornamental purslane.) Needs as much sun as possible to stay compact and keep blooming.
Purslane (Portulaca umbraticola)

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Feb 12, 2017 10:11 AM CST
I agree on your plant ID's. I do think that the begonia doesn't need direct sun as the portulaca or your rosemary plant do. Keep it in indirect light and water generously. When you start seeing new growth, a tiny bit of very dilute soluble fertilizer will help it along. Mix at about 1/4 the strength that the package directions say.

Both those plants look like recently rooted cuttings, so don't expect miracles for a while. They're growing roots instead of top growth.

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Feb 12, 2017 11:08 PM CST
Thank you all so very much! I thought the first post I made would not be answered so I made a second one which was just really impatient of me. If you see a similar post please ignore it. Thank you all very much again I greatly appreciate your advice. The plants were pretty limp and I don't want to lose them.

Thank you all so much again Hurray!

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