Plant ID forum: Plant identification, and fix the yellow leaves

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London, Ontario, Canada
victoriarjdodd
Feb 13, 2018 8:06 PM CST
Hi Everyone,

I am a newbie in gardening. I have a plant, but do not know the name. Could you please help me on identifying the plant? Thank you.

In addition, how do I take care of the plant to fix the yellow leaves? More water? Less water? Fertilizer? Thank you.

Background: The plant is indoor. Temp is 22 deg C to 25 deg C. No sunshine (no window in my office : ( ). I can move the plant to a coworker's place on weekends, which gives 2 day's sunshine, if this helps.

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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Feb 13, 2018 8:55 PM CST
I can't tell you what the plant is, but unless there is a drainage hole in that white pot, it needs to be allowed to drain . Take the plastic pot out and water it. After that has drained you can put it back in the white pot. If you're just adding water as it is, you're drowning it. As to light, we don't know how much it's getting...
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tofitropic
Feb 13, 2018 9:05 PM CST
Welcome! victoriarjdodd
It looks like guzmania (bromeliad) post flowering and already produce pup, I grow them alot in tropical, but I cant help you on suggestion how to care for them in non tropical situation
in my place after the pup quite large (like in your plant) I remove them from parent plant, separately grown, the mother will create more pup if there still much green leaves there, but if you are too late the mother will dies, (they are monocarpic). you can also let the plant stay like that without removing individual pup as is, (but the mother will definitely die, without producing more pup)
I hope other will chime soon for other info, and you can also google for guzmania caring tips Smiling
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Feb 13, 2018 9:21 PM CST
@WillC can help you with the light
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Name: Courtney Cahoon
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Mayflowers
Feb 14, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Check out where they originate from. You can learn alot about what they need to grow and strive. Also alot of plants like to dry out between waterings. In the winter u need to water less because the dirt takes so much longer to dry and roots may not like sitting in wet soil for so long. Also some plants enjoy having their leaves spritzed. Some plant don't like any breeze hitting them, so I put those away from Windows and doors. If it requires more sum then it gets, put it in North facing window( double check that. I'm just saying there's so much to consider but there are certain things that hint at what's wrong. Like dried leaves indicates it's not getting enough water and yellow leaves usually means too much water. So look into different indicates for sick plants. I hope I helped. I'm not the greatest gardening but I'm learning.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Feb 14, 2018 7:07 PM CST
IF it is a Guzmania (which hasn't been verified yet), they are epiphytic in nature, so the soil is only something to anchor the plant, and it needs very little water, but high humidity. In any case, moving it to more light for the weekend, then back to your desk is a bad idea. The plant needs to acclimate to it's environment. Have you seen it in bloom?
London, Ontario, Canada
victoriarjdodd
Feb 19, 2018 7:10 PM CST
ctcarol said:IF it is a Guzmania (which hasn't been verified yet), they are epiphytic in nature, so the soil is only something to anchor the plant, and it needs very little water, but high humidity. In any case, moving it to more light for the weekend, then back to your desk is a bad idea. The plant needs to acclimate to it's environment. Have you seen it in bloom?


Thank you for the feedback. I have not seen bloom yet.

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WillC
Feb 21, 2018 2:55 PM CST
I do believe it is a Guzmania. The main or "mother" plant is in the process of gradually dying back and that is normal. I would cut off all of the discolored leaves and that means the mother plant. It looks like there are 2 or 3 "pups" or baby plants remaining. Those are the future.Theoretically, they can be separated, but that carries some risk, so I would leave them potted together.

When indoors, Guzmanias need lots of mostly direct sunlight. Right on a sunny windowsill should be fine. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before adding just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in about a week.

Getting Guzmanias to re-bloom outside the greenhouse is very difficult. I suggest that you just keep it a nice foliage plant. Otherwise, consider discarding it as many people do after it finished flowering.
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victoriarjdodd
Feb 21, 2018 9:21 PM CST
WillC said:I do believe it is a Guzmania. The main or "mother" plant is in the process of gradually dying back and that is normal. I would cut off all of the discolored leaves and that means the mother plant. It looks like there are 2 or 3 "pups" or baby plants remaining. Those are the future.Theoretically, they can be separated, but that carries some risk, so I would leave them potted together.

When indoors, Guzmanias need lots of mostly direct sunlight. Right on a sunny windowsill should be fine. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before adding just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in about a week.

Getting Guzmanias to re-bloom outside the greenhouse is very difficult. I suggest that you just keep it a nice foliage plant. Otherwise, consider discarding it as many people do after it finished flowering.


Thank you so much. I will cut the discolored leaves and see how it goes.

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kniphofia
Feb 21, 2018 11:48 PM CST
I'd say that's beyond help, it looks awful. Instead of trying to save it why not just discard it and buy something pretty which is more suited to your location?

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