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San Francisco, CA
Oct 11, 2017 1:25 PM CST
I have no idea what type of plant this is? But I bought it at a market near my house and water it once a week (my mom said that would be fine). But now, there are "holes" in the leaves and some buds are copper/rust colored? It sits right below my window so I think it gets decent light, but I'm not sure what else I should be doing? Im new to this- thank you so much Smiling
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Oct 11, 2017 1:35 PM CST

Your plant is an Anthurium. The hole was caused by the leaf being bent and broken. The brown spots are an indication that you are not watering enough. Anthurium can literally grow in water. Water it more often or put it in a larger saucer that you can keep filled with water.

You can't overwater an Anthurium. This photo I found online of Anthurium growing in water culture.

This is a photo of a group growing in the center level of an indoor pond - they are rooted in gravel to keep them from floating downstream.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Oct 14, 2017 11:06 AM CST
I agree that the splits and tears are physical damage. The brown spots on the lower leaves may be a result of result of improper watering or water being left on the foliage in direct sunlight, but that occurred long before you acquired it.

You are keeping your Anthurium indoors and I think that overwatering is a possible problem. Overall, your plant is very healthy and I suggest that you water it only when the surface of the soil feels dry. Like many plants, Anthuriums can be adapted to grow in water, but yours has not been so be careful about over watering.
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