Houseplants forum: Doppleganger plants, alternatives for the same style

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Sep 27, 2017 4:16 PM CST
Do you ever have poor luck with one plant, then realize there's a similar looking one that likes the conditions you have to offer enough to be easy to get along with? I don't have the energy left today to post a couple examples but wanted to post the question before I forget about it. Look forward to hearing about &/or seeing your thoughts & finds!

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Name: Kristi
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pod
Sep 28, 2017 5:35 AM CST
purpleinopp said: Look forward to hearing about &/or seeing your thoughts & finds!



You baited me. I am watching your thread so I can hear about your thoughts on this... Whistling
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 29, 2017 12:19 PM CST
My general conditions are that plants are inside house for a few months of winter, than outside for the rest of the year. Heat is gas, per-room, so does not affect the humidity much, which stays relatively high during the cold season. Outside, there's brutal heat & oppressive humidity most of the rest of the year. Very low altitude, prolific dew most mornings. Some plants have spent the past couple winters in a just-above-freezing greenhouse, so I've not included experiences about those, which are not enough on which to base any kind of generalization.

My comments are not meant to disparage any plant, just relaying generalities I've seen over the years, mostly from people in USA, and my personal experiences in regard to the conditions I have available to offer. And of course, what I might consider similar, someone else might not. Visual interpretation is definitely totally subjective.

If one saw pencil cactus: Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) and loved the look but did not have a spot with significant amount of sun, various Rhipsalis are so similar: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

Dieffenbachias (dumbcase), generally, get more complaints about being fussy than Aglaonemas (Chinese evergreens.) I have found that to be true also, never kept a Dief alive for more than a few yrs, where A. modestum Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) has been with me for decades, a stalwart but not variegated entity. There are red and pink-leaf styles of Ags out there, which Dief can't offer. A. commutatum has stripes instead of the solid mid-leaf variegation a Dief usually has:
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The "elephant ear" style is available in various genera, some of which like more sun, some prefer to be in the shadows, depending on location. Colocasia, Alocasia, Xanthosoma, Caladium.

If one wants an ivy-like vine but Hedera helix (English ivy) English Ivy (Hedera helix) keeps getting spider mites, a Hoya, Pothos, Philodendron, Cissus, or Syngonium might be enjoyable.

Fittonias (mosaic or nerve plants) https://garden.org/plants/sear... often have hissy fits about imperfect conditions, but Hypoestes (polka dot) Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) seems to have a wider range of acceptable conditions.

I don't recall ever seeing anyone show a pic of their really old Iresine (beefsteak or chicken gizzard) Beefsteak Plant (Iresine herbstii) plant but it's often mistaken for Coleus Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides) that are more commonly kept alive indefinitely in the house plant world.

I've found Hemigraphis (purple waffle) Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis 'Exotica') easier to please than Gynura (purple velvet) Purple Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantiaca 'Purple Passion')

Seemed easier & more visually informative to put links to database entries & searches with MANY pics than try to wade through my pics to find a display pic of each plant.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Sep 29, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Good information ! Thanks... I have bookmarked it for future reference and will have to give thought to these comparisons to see if I can add anything. Whistling
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
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lauriebasler
Oct 1, 2017 1:41 AM CST
Yes, I agree. I have learned if I want a certain look for a corner in my house like an ivy, I can find something to cover the same amount of space, and give a similar overall size and shape. I loved Ivy, and tried to grow it twice. They both got spider mites on steroids. I banished ivy from my collection. But then I found Grape Ivy and can have the look I wanted with a bug free plant.
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sallyg
Oct 1, 2017 8:18 AM CST
good topic and good observations so far Thumbs up
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 2, 2017 8:49 AM CST
Yes, absolutely! And knowing your conditions well does not mean it's possible to gauge if a particular plant will tolerate it, even if you've read every anecdote written for the past couple decades. Worth a try to see how it goes at your particular house, with your particular style of care.

I think all of us have supposedly "easy" plants that just won't stay alive, and some supposedly finicky ones that seem easy to please. I expect to hear from those who have had exactly the opposite experience as mine with every one of these plants.
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