Houseplants forum: Name that plant!

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New York, ny
plantobsessed
Feb 5, 2018 3:28 PM CST
Hi, can anyone identify these 2 plants? Apparently they were left behind a few years ago at my office and our assistants are furiously trying to keep them alive.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 5, 2018 5:13 PM CST
First one is a Dracena. 2nd might be a Croton. Both fairly common. Search here using those names or Google for care instructions. Gene
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WillC
Feb 5, 2018 6:07 PM CST
The first one is a Dracaena deremensis, 'Janet Craig.' It does very well under fluorescent office lighting with no sun. Yours appears to be healthy although its appearance would benefit if the taller stem were pruned back and inserted in the base of the plant. Allow the top inch of soil to dry before adding enough water so that the top inch is dry again in a week. That won't be very much water.

The other plant is a Croton. It has been put into a pot that is much bigger than necessary and that increases the possibility of overwatering. Water it in the same manner that I described for the D. Janet Craig. Crotons do much better if kept close to a sunny window
Will Creed
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plantobsessed
Feb 5, 2018 7:16 PM CST
So Sara is a croton! Thanks! She's in that big pot bc she used to be much bigger (I'm told) and was dying. They chopped her down.

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