Plant ID forum: I don't know what these plants are or how to care for them

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NoviceNut86
May 10, 2017 4:03 AM CST
Advice needed from green thumbs please?
What are these plants and how do I care for them? I grabbed them at a church yard sale and had hopes for nurturing them back to full glory but I am failing! They are both getting a bit of filtered light inside and I stopped watering, just spray them now and water occasionally but they look pretty awful.


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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 10, 2017 8:32 AM CST

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Moonhowl
May 10, 2017 12:14 PM CST
@NoviceNut86 Your plant looks like it may be of the Genus Calathea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

https://www.google.com/search?...

https://www.thespruce.com/grow...

http://home.howstuffworks.com/...

I hope this info is of use to you.
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Calif_Sue
May 10, 2017 1:56 PM CST

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Calathea in our database.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 10, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Hi NoviceNut86, Welcome!

#1 is definitely a variety of Calathea

At first I thought #2 looked like Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum) but I can't see a good view of a leaf to tell for sure. The growth habit resembles that of Peace Lilies but it could also be a variety of Anthurium or possibly a Philodendron of some type.

Calathea and Spathiphyllum (as well as Anthurium and Philodendron) require bright, indirect light (no direct sun) and they prefer high humidity to thrive.

I'm not sure of the reason for those large rocks on the top of the soil of your plants and don't know if they'd cause any issues or not.
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
May 10, 2017 2:32 PM CST
The first one is definitely a calathea. Second one is a Philodendron, possibly/probably P. xanadu that doesn't have the mature fully lobed leaves yet. There is also another similar hybrid it could be, but I can't remember the name off the top of my head. I'll have to research and get back...

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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
May 10, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Philodendron 'Leland Miyano' is the other one I was trying to think of.
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
May 10, 2017 2:45 PM CST
I felt safe in offering Calathea for the first one, Lin and Carter, but I agree with you guys, too many other possibilities Smiling
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plantladylin
May 10, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Here's the link to our database for Philodendron xanadu
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tofitropic
May 11, 2017 10:40 PM CST
I used to refer the first one as Ctenanthe setosa, and the second one as a variety of Philodendron Xanadu. (this var has the habit of making lots of pups with smaller, shorter and less lobed leaves than the single-stemmed types, I do not know the exact name of this variety, we just called them Dwarf "zena" xanadu).

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