Houseplants forum: New to this! Looking for Calathea and Rubber plant advice

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Heathershouseplants
Jun 9, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Hi,

I'm new to this so really appreciate your time and advice. :D

I have what I think is a calathea zebrina and a rubber plant (both identified off Google so could be wrong).

My Calathea has got new puckering on the leaves today, I have been recently using a spray bottle to try and increase the dampness around it and wondered if that has something to do with it.

Also been spraying my 'rubber plant's after the leaves started curling but I feel like something's not quite right. Leaves aren't shiny and the bottom leaves are becoming quite speckled...?

Quite careful with making sure they don't sit in water. Flat is bright and quite warm (22-26 degrees).

Thanks so much for you time again, I believe the plants appreciate it! Thank You!
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gasrocks
Jun 9, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Spraying plants is silly unless it makes you feel better. I do not see a RubberTree here.
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Heathershouseplants
Jun 9, 2017 11:09 AM CST
gasrocks said:Spraying plants is silly unless it makes you feel better. I do not see a RubberTree here.


Thanks for the reply.

I was spraying mainly my Calathea as the leaves we browning at the end and read it maybe because I have low humidity...

I would see if you could help me identify it in that case?



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krystenr1
Jun 12, 2017 4:28 PM CST
Not sure what that guy is either, but not a rubber plant for sure. They don't have visible lines on the leaves like those do. I spray my plants that like humidity, but I think the jury is out on whether or not it actually helps. It's often hard to tell from pictures if what is happening in the first picture is from either under or overwatering. When you stick your finger about an inch into the soil, does it feel damp? Dry?
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TennesseeDave
Jun 12, 2017 6:47 PM CST
You would be better off placing the plants on a tray filled with gravel with a little water in the gravel or on a humidity tray. As the water evaporates it will increase the humidity a bit around the plant.
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Hamwild
Jun 12, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Do you have a picture of the second plant from farther away (one of the entire plant)? It's intriguing looking.
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purpleinopp
Jun 14, 2017 2:00 PM CST
Somebody should recognize the 2nd plant, though more pics from diff angles might be needed. How long have you had it? How did it come into your possession?
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sallyg
Jun 17, 2017 12:22 PM CST
My 2 cents- stop spraying, forget the pebble tray, water only with rainwater or spring water (no tap water) and if Calathea isn't happy get something not Calathea.
I hope you can add pics of both from a bit farther away.
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krystenr1
Jun 19, 2017 8:49 AM CST
I've had really good luck with pebble trays, what would make you say forget them out of curiosity?
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sallyg
Jun 19, 2017 9:01 PM CST
I say that because of posts from a longtime member, 'tapla' who says they really don't measurably raise the actual humidity around a plant. Of course, I cant argue with your experience, only that his explanation seemed sound to me. Shrug!
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Carter
Jun 20, 2017 8:37 PM CST
Plant #2 is a ficus of some sort, but not sure which kind from the pics.
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krystenr1
Jun 20, 2017 9:13 PM CST
sallyg said:I say that because of posts from a longtime member, 'tapla' who says they really don't measurably raise the actual humidity around a plant. Of course, I cant argue with your experience, only that his explanation seemed sound to me. Shrug!


Gotcha! Just curious! I find that they keep the soil of my plants fairly moist but not soggy.

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