Plant ID forum: Please help identify this plant and what is wrong

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Rhode Island
LifesaGardenDigit
Feb 11, 2018 8:51 AM CST
Ok so my fiancé and I recently got into the hobby of keeping house plants for the most part all but one of our potted pals are doing great, we purchased this plant but the tag didn't identify what the plant type was it just says "assorted foliage" we have been following the care instructions meticulously it was approximately 2 ft from a window when we noticed it was getting droopy and leaves were dying so we moved it in front of the window and no change in pretty sure we don't over water we only water our plants with distilled water every few days as needed to so as not to let the soil dry out please help! What could be wrong?! P.s house never gets over 70 or below 65- 60 degrees
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greene
Feb 11, 2018 8:57 AM CST
Most likely the plant is getting too much water. Not to say you are watering too often, but perhaps the potting mix is holding too much water, not draining fast enough.
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terrafirma
Feb 11, 2018 9:02 AM CST
Welcome! Not sure I can help with the problem, but I can identify it. *Blush*
False Aralia (Schefflera elegantissima)
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Leftwood
Feb 11, 2018 9:04 AM CST
Except for the top part, the False aralia looks healthy. How long have you had the plant? If cold damage from transport outside (like from the store) is a possibility, I would say it is that. The upper, younger parts of the plant is more susceptible to cold.
Rhode Island
LifesaGardenDigit
Feb 11, 2018 9:07 AM CST
We will take that into consideration and look into other potting mix thank you! Now let me ask you this do you think the pot itself could cause a problem? The reason I ask is because we had a very similar problem with a palm in the same pot, we removed the palm from this pot and used it to pot the "assorted foliage" (which I just found out is actually false aralia) the palm is now more stable but this plant is doing poorly l, could it actually be the pot or just a coincidence?
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LifesaGardenDigit
Feb 11, 2018 9:09 AM CST
We purchased the plant a little over a week ago it was fine when we brought it home a few days later it started to wilt
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greene
Feb 11, 2018 9:22 AM CST
From your original post it appeared that you owned the plant for some time. Knowing that you purchased it only a week ago, I would go with what @Leftwood said. The plant most likely got chilled. It's still quite cold in Rhode Island this time of year and the plant may not have enjoyed the drive home and will need time to get used to the new environment.
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Rhode Island
LifesaGardenDigit
Feb 11, 2018 9:27 AM CST
@greene thank you, anything different we should be doing? Or just give it time?
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terrafirma
Feb 11, 2018 9:37 AM CST
Hard to tell from the picture, but does the pot have hole's for drainage? And did you do a thorough cleaning after the palm came out?
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WillC
Feb 11, 2018 9:39 AM CST
From viewing the photos, I don't see a problem. This plant does not like dry soil and it will wilt if allowed to get too dry. It will perk up again after watering. If the dryness is extreme, it will lose many of its lower leaves.

Repotting often causes temporary wilting, so that may explain what you have observed.The terra cotta planter is not the problem, but the repotting may be with both this plant and your palm.

I don't see any evidence of cold damage.

When you water, be sure to add enough water so that the entire rootball is saturated and a bit of water trickles through the drain hole. I doubt that it would need a thorough watering more than about once per week. One thorough watering is better than several partial waterings.

The light is probably okay as long as the window is completely uncovered during the day. You must also rotate it a quarter turn every week so it gets light all around. You might consider improving the light by moving it out of the corner and more in front of the window.

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Leftwood
Feb 11, 2018 10:13 AM CST
Which pic is the most recent photograph of the plant?
-- the third one in your first post
or
-- the last (fourth) pic in this thread?

If it is the last pic, then Will is definitely right.

Either way, the plant will regrow, and it will be fine.
Rhode Island
LifesaGardenDigit
Feb 11, 2018 12:49 PM CST
@willc @leftwood thanks a lot we appreciate the advice! My fiance and I are fairly new to this hobby so we'll be back with questions lol thanks again

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