Plant ID forum: What is the name of this plant?

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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Nov 7, 2017 9:36 PM CST
I have had this plant for a little over 7 years and I love it. It was a plant from my younger brother's funeral and his wife wanted me to have it. I use to know the name and think it starts with a "P"; but cannot remember the name of it. I also have a question about it, but will ask it later. I will appreciate someone identifying it for me.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2017 9:43 PM CST
No "P's" - Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema sp)
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Name: Pat Morris
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patmorris1
Nov 7, 2017 9:56 PM CST
Thank you so much. I don't know where I got the "P" from as the first letter of the plant. It is a beautiful plant and has been easy to care for -I think it needs a little more attention now -but will ask my question in the morning. Thanks again for identifying this beautiful house plant for me.
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plantmanager
Nov 7, 2017 10:18 PM CST
I may be wrong, but it reminds me of a Dieffenbachia. There are many different types, but I think I've seen some that match your plant.
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tx_flower_child
Nov 7, 2017 10:30 PM CST
My first impression was Dieffenbachia. Never grown one but my mother had a huge one.

Take a look at a few picture in our Plants Database:
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 7, 2017 10:32 PM CST
My mother also had a huge one she grew all of my life. She gave cuttings to everyone, and I still have a small plant from hers. They are wonderful, long lived plants.
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tofitropic
Nov 8, 2017 1:20 AM CST
Pretty sure it is Aglaonema, most likely 'silver bay' a hybrid one
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 8, 2017 1:31 AM CST
I think it looks a lot like Aglaonema Silver Bay.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema 'Silver Bay')

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purpleinopp
Nov 8, 2017 8:37 AM CST
I agree with Daisy & was going to paste the database link like Tofi did. That's what it looks like to me too.
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Name: Pat Morris
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patmorris1
Nov 8, 2017 10:26 AM CST
After looking at different plants, I believe it is the Aglaonema Silver Queen. It is closer to mine than any others I have seen . I do think that even though mine is larger than the ones I see pictures may be because it is older (7+ years old). I have never repotted it; but have put more potting soil at the base of the plant in the pot that it is in. I might just need to repot it into a larger container; but want to make sure something else (also) isn't wrong with it.

It has always received the right amount of light and water and occasional fertilizer and has always looked beautiful. Then one day about a week ago; I noticed one of the limbs/branches was bent over –no breaks; but would not stay up. I thought it may be too dry, so I felt the soil and it was a little drier than normal. I felt the branch and it felt a little more limp than the others -but not soft.

I propped it up and tied it loosely to a yard stick (all I had that tall); in a couple of days another branch bent over (In the picture; this is the second branch before I tied it back up. Without now sure exactly what to do; I just have it propped and tied up to keep the branches from breaking off. I am guessing one thing that I need to do (after finding out if something else made the branches bend over) is to repot it in a larger (taller and wider) container. I am guessing the pot will need to be much deeper to support the limbs?

Additionally, I don't feel comfortable in cutting any of the top out of it and am uneasy about dividing it. I don't expect anyone to advise me on performing a miracle to remedying the problem(s) with this beautiful plant. But want to convey that it has a special place in my heart; since it was a plant given in honor of my brother at his funeral; and it made my heart sink when I noticed the branches bending over and experienced a fear that it would be lost. D'Oh!
Any advice for me so I can save and return this plant to how it should be? Thank you very much!!!!!

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Name: Pat Morris
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patmorris1
Nov 8, 2017 10:27 AM CST
After looking at different plants, I believe it is the Aglaonema Silver Queen. It is closer to mine than any others I have seen . I do think that even though mine is larger than the ones I see pictures may be because it is older (7+ years old). I have never repotted it; but have put more potting soil at the base of the plant in the pot that it is in. I might just need to repot it into a larger container; but want to make sure something else (also) isn't wrong with it.

It has always received the right amount of light and water and occasional fertilizer and has always looked beautiful. Then one day about a week ago; I noticed one of the limbs/branches was bent over –no breaks; but would not stay up. I thought it may be too dry, so I felt the soil and it was a little drier than normal. I felt the branch and it felt a little more limp than the others -but not soft.

I propped it up and tied it loosely to a yard stick (all I had that tall); in a couple of days another branch bent over (In the picture; this is the second branch before I tied it back up. Without now sure exactly what to do; I just have it propped and tied up to keep the branches from breaking off. I am guessing one thing that I need to do (after finding out if something else made the branches bend over) is to repot it in a larger (taller and wider) container. I am guessing the pot will need to be much deeper to support the limbs?

Additionally, I don't feel comfortable in cutting any of the top out of it and am uneasy about dividing it. I don't expect anyone to advise me on performing a miracle to remedying the problem(s) with this beautiful plant. But want to convey that it has a special place in my heart; since it was a plant given in honor of my brother at his funeral; and it made my heart sink when I noticed the branches bending over and experienced a fear that it would be lost.
Any advice for me so I can save and return this plant to how it should be? Thank you very much!!!!!

Thank you -I have included more photos.

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Nov 8, 2017 10:48 AM CST
It's lovely! There's no cause for concern regarding the leaning, it's perfectly normal. The natural habit for these plants is to get so tall that they start leaning, and outside of the confines of a pot, the stem would lean down, touch the ground, take root, and send up new stems from the point of the older stem that has taken root. Some older specimens spotted at a hotel a few yrs ago:



Light coming from 1 direction can also cultivate a lean in any indoor plant.

It's not an unusual or uncommon thing to do to cut a leaning stem and stick it back in the pot - or a new pot, which is what I usually do so not all of the mass of a particular plant is in a single pot. Either way, this increases the number of stems because the stump will grow at least 1 new stem, sometimes several. The original stem should keep growing, and as it takes root, may send up new stems from the nodes along the stem where roots have formed.

New stems forming from a cutting:


There's nothing wrong with a leaning plant, a staked plant, or you might decide to trim. Whatever you prefer is what "should" be done.

Changing the old soil and replacing with new sounds like a good idea, but don't put the plant any more deeply into the soil than it is now. This could cause the stems to rot. If the plant is wobbly after repotting, you can sit a few rocks around the stems on the soil surface to keep everything upright until the roots have taken hold in the new soil.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 8, 2017 11:08 AM CST
I agree that it is the Aglaonema Silver Queen. Now I need to find one!
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joannakat
Nov 8, 2017 11:14 AM CST
Someone may have told you it is a philodendron, that may be where you got the "P." I don't think it is, but I can see how someone not awfully experienced might make that mistake. Your plant is lovely.

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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Nov 8, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Tiffany, Karen and Joanna, thank you! Since the stems cannot lean and root into the soil of the inside plant -mainly because there is no room in the container; I think (THINK) that I will bite the bullet and repot it this weekend.

Since I shouldn't plant the Aglaonema Silver Queen (Which I have since found is the correct name for this plant) deeper than it is now -for fear of the limbs rotting; would it be best after repotting it to stake it up or cut off the top of some of the limbs of the plant (heart be still). I don't want to hurt it; and I don't really want the limbs to hang to the floor since they won't be reaching any soil. I also am afraid of cutting it back from the top (fraidy cat) for fear it won't root or either die.

Tiffany, I appreciate all of your information. I just have to get up the nerve to do something that hopefully won't hurt or kill it.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 8, 2017 2:40 PM CST
After 7 years, that soil is tired and worn out. You may not need a larger pot as there is still a lot of space in that one. Lift the plant from the pot, shake off any extra soil and put fresh potting soil under the root ball to bring it level with the top edge of the pot, then fill in around the edges. Yes, stake it until it is firm in the pot again. You don't want the root ball to move in the pot.

There is no need to prune anything. The leaning branches can be pulled back into line with some bamboo sticks and twine.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 8, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Absolutely. Nobody should do anything with their plants that they don't want to. They are options, not mandates, or even requests, just material for consideration for making your own decision about what you prefer for your plant.
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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Nov 8, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Thanks Daisy and Tiffany -you have been very helpful and I feel much better after hearing from the both of you. I will take care of it this weekend and let you know how it is doing after that.

Thanks so much!!!
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