Plant ID forum: What is this plant? Help before it dies!

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Meganlee86
Dec 2, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Help! We have had this plant for almost a year and has been doing fine until recently. The past few months it took a major turn... I was told it needs low light. I turn off the deadly leaves but if otertf much has no leaves now.
What is the name of it?
How do I fix it?
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Dec 2, 2017 10:21 AM CST
Looks like a Dieffenbachia

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terrafirma
Dec 2, 2017 10:21 AM CST
Welcome! You have... Aglaonemas (Aglaonema) click on the link to learn more about it.
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kniphofia
Dec 2, 2017 10:26 AM CST
The compost looks very dry. How often are you watering?
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WillC
Dec 2, 2017 10:35 AM CST
It is an Aglaonema, not a Dieffenbachia. It is hard to tell what has gone wrong without better information about the light it receives and your watering routine.

Yours is in a pot that is larger than necessary. That increase the chances of the soil staying moist for too long and root rot.

Low light means protection from the direct rays of the sun falling on the foliage, but otherwise as bright as possible. Keep it pretty close to a window. Allow the top quarter of the soil to get dry before adding just enough water so that it reaches that same level of dryness again in about a week.

If it continues to decline it may be because the roots are already mostly dead. In that case, take 3 inch tip cuttings and root them in water.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Dec 2, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Will is it the leaf shape that makes the determination that it is a Aglaonema and not a Dieffenbachia? The Aglaonema appears to have a narrower leaf, but some Dieffenbachia seem to look that way also, and since I don't want to find out via the sap ; ))) Thanks!
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WillC
Dec 2, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Rj - It can be hard to distinguish a Dieffenbachia from an Aglaonema, especially from just a photo. Both are Aroids and mildly toxic although The Dieffenbachia is more so. Their care requirements are pretty much the same.

It is the stems that are different and the variegation patterns on the leaves. It is easier to tell when you have seen a lot of each. If you do image searches of both plants, you may start to see the differences.
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