Plant ID forum: Mysterious house plant

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Name: Colorado Amateur
Parker, CO (Zone 5b)
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ColoradoAmateur
Apr 24, 2017 5:21 PM CST
This was gifted to me and didn't have tag. I think it had white flowers. I can't figure out if I'm over or under watering it- the leaves keep turning brown. Please help me id it. Thank you
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Name: Brian
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
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GraceHazel
Apr 24, 2017 5:51 PM CST
Leaves are browning because it needs to be re-potted and it ran out of nutrients in the soil to support the leaves so they're dying to keep the plant alive. not sure on the actual plant species and watering requirements but i'd let it get moderately dry between waterings and fully saturate the soil when watering.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Apr 24, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Hi ColoradoAmateur, Welcome!
Were those flowers fragrant? The foliage and those buds reminds me of Gardenias (Gardenia)
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Name: Colorado Amateur
Parker, CO (Zone 5b)
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ColoradoAmateur
Apr 24, 2017 6:27 PM CST
plantladylin said:Hi ColoradoAmateur, Welcome!
Were those flowers fragrant? The foliage and those buds reminds me of Gardenias (Gardenia)

Yes, I believe so, but I'm not completely sure. Thank you for responding. I'll definitely read up more on gardenias.
Name: Colorado Amateur
Parker, CO (Zone 5b)
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ColoradoAmateur
Apr 24, 2017 6:29 PM CST
GraceHazel said:Leaves are browning because it needs to be re-potted and it ran out of nutrients in the soil to support the leaves so they're dying to keep the plant alive. not sure on the actual plant species and watering requirements but i'd let it get moderately dry between waterings and fully saturate the soil when watering.


Thank you so much Gracehazel- I'll repot it asap and follow the watering advise. Much appreciated 😊

Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Apr 24, 2017 7:58 PM CST
It's definitely a variety of Gardenia radicans. The leaves are more likely dieing due to the fact that inside dry air conditioned homes is not the optimal growing conditions for most plants. Gardenias need more humidity as well as at least some direct sun in order to grow and flower well. Be wary of repotting - don't put it into a pot more than 1" great in circumference than what it is already in. In its already weakened state, it will be more susceptible to root rot. Make sure the potting soil is well draining, water only when the soil is beginning to dry out, and gradually intoduce it to a little bit of sun over the next few weeks (that's assuming it is warm enough in your area that you can put it outside for at least a few hours each day).

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