Plant ID forum: Adopted Plants. Please Help Identify .

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Central North Carolina
ideasofdesign
Mar 21, 2018 4:20 PM CST
Hey all, new to the forum! excited to learn and contribute.

I've recently adopted some neglected plants. I want to give them a good home here. I'm based in central NC and I have a novice green thumb. You can see that they are in somewhat bad shape. Browning, yellowing and some burnt tips. Anyone know what these are? any good advice to keeping them healthy? Your guidance is much appreciated!!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Welcome!

The first looks like a Bird of Paradise plant, not one I would consider as a house plant. The second is a Draecena called 'Corn Plant'.
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islander
Mar 21, 2018 6:49 PM CST
#1 Strelitzia nicolai (Giant Bird of Paradise)
#2 Dracaena fragrans (Deremensis Group) 'Lemon Lime'
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Central North Carolina
ideasofdesign
Mar 21, 2018 7:18 PM CST
Thank you! @DaisyI and @islander

I was thinking the giant one was a Bird of paradise. It's so big! 8-9 ft. I'm not sure my home will accommodate it Sad Also doesn't look like it would survive the winters here if I put it outdoors. I'll keep doing my research. Thanks again.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 22, 2018 12:59 PM CST
Your White Bird of Paradise will not survive NC winters. However, yours can be "tamed" if you want to try to keep it indoors. Any of the many leaf stems, except the newest ones, can be pruned off.

You might start by pruning off the lowest leaf stems that are drooping the most and taking up a lot of horizontal space. Untie or release the string enough so that the taller stems come down and away from the ceiling.

This is a tough plant that will grow pretty fast when given lots of direct light and water. So it responds well to pruning. Even if you take too much off, new leaves will grow in. You could prune to half its current size and it would be fine.

Your 'Lemon-lime' Dracaena is a hybrid that is very prone to brown leaf spots. Allowing the soil to get too dry; using hard water; and over fertilizing will all contribute to this problem. Yours appears to be mostly spot-free, so don't make any radical changes. At some point, you will want to prune it back to keep it from leaning way over.
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Name: mikelzz
stamford ct (Zone 6a)
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mikelzz
Mar 22, 2018 2:11 PM CST
looks like the dracaena just needs to be repotted and straightened out , nice plant

let it grow taller and fill up the pot

,, there seems to be 2 stems. If you cut it, you will have a large pot with sticks in it .
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 24, 2018 8:26 AM CST
The Dracaena pot is plenty large enough and the Dracaena does not need to be repotted.
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Central North Carolina
ideasofdesign
Mar 25, 2018 1:33 PM CST
Thank you for the great advice! @WillC @mikelzz

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