Plant ID forum: Definitely no green thumb

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SantoPerdido
Jul 25, 2017 8:43 AM CST
I need some help identifying these plants that adopted me when I inherited a house. I have no idea what they are called or how to care for them. I've been watering them and they look better now than they did 2 weeks ago, but I'm sure I need to do more than just give them H2O.




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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 25, 2017 8:46 AM CST
Perhaps a picture, please?
Andalucia, Spain
SantoPerdido
Jul 25, 2017 8:52 AM CST
For some reason the first time I tried to upload them, they didn't go through.
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jul 25, 2017 8:56 AM CST
2) maybe spider plant
3) coleus
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Name: greene
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greene
Jul 25, 2017 9:21 AM CST
Rosemary
Spider plant
Coleus
not sure, maybe Swedish Ivy
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Andalucia, Spain
SantoPerdido
Jul 25, 2017 9:34 AM CST
Thanks for the info. What about care? Sunlight, no sunlight, lots of water, little water, Beethoven or Metallica?
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 25, 2017 10:05 AM CST
#1, sun, not sure about watering. Minimal, I think. Definitely, Beethoven.
#2, medium sun, lots of water, Beethoven.
#3, sun, lots of water. Pinch the ends and flowers off and you'll get a busier plant. Metallica and Beethoven.
#4, not sure about sun or water but I know they like Led Zeppelin.
Name: greene
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greene
Jul 25, 2017 10:23 AM CST
#1 you might spritz it with some water now and again.

#3 & #4 root some cuttings to share with friends.

I'd go with true Bluegrass music for all 4 plants. Thumbs up
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SantoPerdido
Jul 25, 2017 10:25 AM CST
#1, sun, not sure about watering. Minimal, I think. Definitely, Beethoven.

Oops. He's not happy with me, then.

#2, medium sun, lots of water, Beethoven.

Good, no problems there

#3, sun, lots of water. Pinch the ends and flowers off and you'll get a busier plant. Metallica and Beethoven.

Half well done. The flowers themselves, or the stems, as well? If I play Trans Siberian Orchestra, does that count as both Metallica and Beethoven?

#4, not sure about sun or water but I know they like Led Zeppelin.

There are 2 of these. One was in direct sunlight and cried every time the sun came up, so I moved into into the shade. It seems much happier now. The other one gets occasional sunlight, and always seems to be happy. I water them every morning well before the sun is hot enough to scorch them. Another thing I'd like to know, is apparently they, the Ivy, won't stop growing (I know that's what Ivy does). Is it okay to trim them back from time to time?
Andalucia, Spain
SantoPerdido
Jul 25, 2017 10:26 AM CST
I'll have to try the Bluegrass option, as well. I'll start with Man of Constant Sorrow and see how they do.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 25, 2017 12:38 PM CST
#3, I would pinch the flower stalks to just above the 2nd set of leaves at the top. Did that make sense?

Bluegrass goes well with anything as does TSO! Thumbs up
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 25, 2017 12:42 PM CST
P.S. I would throw in a bit of Robin Trower. Bridge of Sighs is high on my list.
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SantoPerdido
Jul 25, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Zencat, so the second set of leaves from the top of the plant, correct? Remove the whole stalk of flowers to that point, or just pick the flowers off?

I like your taste in music!
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 25, 2017 2:31 PM CST
The whole stalk. Unless you like and want to keep the flowers. If I remember correctly, removing them lengthens the life of coleus.

And thanks!
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greene
Jul 25, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Back in the day my friends and I frequented Bluegrass nights at The Enormous Room, Yale, New Haven so I am partial to the older stuff. Give me a Foggy Mountain Breakdown and watch the plants respond!

Or, if you prefer, just toss a few coins into the hat of a street musician and see what can happen. This may bring tears to your eyes but the plants should thrive. Thumbs up
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Andalucia, Spain
SantoPerdido
Jul 26, 2017 1:00 AM CST
Zencat, thanks. We'll see how they go. I don't mind the flowers, I think it adds a nice touch to the scenery, but I don't know if they're detrimental to the well being of the plant. I have two of them so if I kill one, at least I have a backup :)

Greene, I had seen that before and it truly is awesome. I grew up going to bluegrass jams in North Carolina a looooong time ago. IMO, bluegrass is one of only a small handful of genres that actually has soul. It's no surprise that the plants like it. :)
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DaisyI
Jul 26, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Zencat said:The whole stalk. Unless you like and want to keep the flowers. If I remember correctly, removing them lengthens the life of coleus.

And thanks!


I think that's an old wives' tale. I kept one for years and never cut the flowers and it just got bigger. I think the wives' tale was started by my Grandmother because all those dead dropping flowers are a pain on the carpet.

I thing #4 - Swedish Ivy, would appreaciate something old (as this has been a favorite for something like 60 years (since the 1960's) so we need something with staying power.... Queen, as they seem to also be making a comeback. Smiling

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 26, 2017 9:04 PM CST
That's why I added the 'if I remember correctly.' I wasn't real sure if that was right or not. I can't keep coleus alive for longer than 2 years. I prefer the foliage over the flowers.

Queen is a great choice!
Andalucia, Spain
SantoPerdido
Jul 26, 2017 11:21 PM CST
Daisy, no pinching, got it. Queen doesn't need to make a comeback - they never fade away. :)

The Coleus is getting fat. Is it safe to trim it back? If ao, how exactly should I do it?

Thanks for the help so far.

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