Plant ID forum: Adopted palm type plants.

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Seattle, WA
EMC1200
Dec 28, 2017 9:20 PM CST
I adopted these about a month ago from a dumpster fate at my office. What are they and best care ideas? I've got them in light, transplanted (a bit of shock), and damp but not over watered. Used rich potting soil and popped in some miracle grow fertilizer sticks.

Every week seems like 3-6 leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Should I prune way back?

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 28, 2017 9:37 PM CST
Hi EMC1200, Welcome!

I think your rescue plants are:
Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 28, 2017 9:42 PM CST
LOL, the tall "palm-like" plant is the Dracaena, commonly called "Corn Plant":


The smaller plant at the bottom in the first photo is the Sansevieria, commonly called "Snake Plant":

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Name: Tim
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Bigfoot312
Dec 28, 2017 10:23 PM CST
Nice luck. A corn plant that size goes for about $100 most places
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plantmanager
Dec 28, 2017 11:02 PM CST
I agree Great luck finding them!
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Zencat
Dec 31, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Can anyone help them out with what to do about the yellowing leaves on the Draceanas? It appears they acquired 2 of them. I would but I've killed the ones I've had in the past.
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greene
Dec 31, 2017 9:44 PM CST
Nice plants. Cut away the yellowed leaves or let them fall off by themselves.

I notice two things:
- Your plants are in front of a window or door (maybe the cold air is a bit much for the plants?)
- There is a black heater. I know those heaters work very well, but if you are using the heater, move it farther away from the plants.

That's all I have. Good luck and good for you saving those beautiful plants!

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WillC
Jan 1, 2018 11:44 AM CST
The loss of some lower leaves on the Corn Plant is to be expected. Clearly, the plant was not well cared for prior to its being discarded. Plants tend to react slowly to trauma. The repotting has added to the trauma.

The Corn Plant is in a very large pot with heavy soil that will tend to stay moist for a long time increasing the chances of root rot. Remove the soi you added on top of the original rootball so the soil in the root zone will dry out more readily. Also get rid of the fertilizer sticks as they are unnecessary and may burn tender roots. After removing the excess soil on top, allow the remaining top 1-2 inches of soil to dry before watering. Then, add just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in about a week. You will be surprised how little water it requires.

I cannot see enough of the Snake Plant to give you specific instructions, but it is a plant that thrives on neglect. It can withstand long periods of drought, but the roots will rot easily if watered too often.
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Seattle, WA
EMC1200
Feb 7, 2018 12:05 AM CST
Thanks y'all

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