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Name: Adam
North Dakota (Zone 3b)
May 17, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Got this from someone. Asked on the other message board to see what it was. They thought it was some kind of Aglaonema. But they said it looks like it's dying. What should I do!?!
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Name: Cindy
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May 17, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Adam - does your plant require more light than it's getting (especially over winter)? I would experiment with one of the long bare stems - cut it back by half and see if new leaves sprout. It just seems awfully lanky but maybe that's their nature? Admittedly, I have no experience with your plant.
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Name: greene
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May 17, 2017 4:47 PM CST
Is this the same plant you asked about here:
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Name: tarev
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May 17, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Looking at the plant's container, does it have drainage holes?
Name: Lin
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May 17, 2017 5:59 PM CST
It looks more like Dieffenbachia to me and although my eyesight is not good, the soil appears quite heavy, possibly retaining too much moisture and causing root rot. If the container does not have drainage holes root rot is a good possibility for what's causing the distress. The canes/stems still look healthy and green and can be cut back and the cut parts rooted for additional plants but I'd change the potting medium to a lighter mix containing perlite and be sure there's sufficient drainage in the container. Dieffenbachia prefer bright light but no direct sun.

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Name: Sharon Rose
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May 18, 2017 5:00 AM CST
Hi Adam! @donaldson0619
Just a friendly note the grandma in me. I noticed the baby seat by the plant. It does look like dieffenbachia known to most people as dumb cane. The effect of getting any of it in your mouth. With the plant looking poorly and loosing leaves please make sure your sweet little one can not get ahold of any part of that plant!
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Name: Adam
North Dakota (Zone 3b)
May 18, 2017 3:32 PM CST
Thank you everyone! Just a follow up question for Lin @plantladylin you think I can transplant the whole plant? Or just cuttings from it? Kinda new to this gardening thing D'Oh!

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