Houseplants forum: Are these spider plants?

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krystenr1
Aug 17, 2017 3:40 PM CST
I've never seen spider plants that look quite like this with long trunks before the leaves begin. Is that what they are?

Also, I left them outside when I first got them in really intense overhead sun and I think I sunburned them (their color is washed out). What can I do to help them now that they're inside in a room with indirect bright light?


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sallyg
Aug 17, 2017 7:04 PM CST
they're not spider plants.They're some kind of Dracaena, I think.
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purpleinopp
Aug 18, 2017 12:02 PM CST
Compare to 'Song of India'
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krystenr1
Aug 18, 2017 12:13 PM CST
That's it! Thanks friends. How often should I water and what kind of light do they like?
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WillC
Aug 18, 2017 12:35 PM CST
A sunny north or east windowsill is best or back a bit from a south window. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before watering thoroughly. With good care, the stems will grow taller and at some point, you will want to prune it to keep it from getting leggy. I have one just like it in an east window that I water weekly and have pruned many times over the past 5 years.
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krystenr1
Aug 18, 2017 12:51 PM CST
WillC said:A sunny north or east windowsill is best or back a bit from a south window. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before watering thoroughly. With good care, the stems will grow taller and at some point, you will want to prune it to keep it from getting leggy. I have one just like it in an east window that I water weekly and have pruned many times over the past 5 years.


Awesome! Should I trim off the sun bleached leaves?

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WillC
Aug 18, 2017 1:49 PM CST
Yes, for aesthetic reasons. Remove discolored leaves completely. For those that just have tip discoloration, trim the tips off so as to maintain the original pointed contour of the leaf. None of this affects the health of the plant, but it does make it look nicer! Thumbs up
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