Houseplants forum: Identification help please

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Brun31
Mar 25, 2018 12:31 PM CST
Hi,
I've got two houseplants which I'm struggling to identify and would appreciate any help identifying them. I think the first one (A) might be an Agave, but I'm not sure. The second one (B) I haven't got a clue.
Thankyou in advance for your help.
James

A

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B

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tx_flower_child
Mar 25, 2018 12:59 PM CST
Just a guess, but maybe B is some type of Croton.

I'm sure someone will know.

Brun31
Mar 25, 2018 1:09 PM CST
Ah thankyou. I've had a look and think it might be Croton 'Gold Dust'

Brun31
Mar 25, 2018 1:10 PM CST
I'm still unsure of the first one though
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plantmanager
Mar 25, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Welcome! @Brun31. I love that first plant, but am no help with the ID. Love the coloration! The second is definitely a Croton.
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WillC
Mar 25, 2018 1:31 PM CST
The first looks like a type of Aechmea in the Bromeliad family. The second one is Croton.
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plantmanager
Mar 25, 2018 1:49 PM CST
I was thinking about bromeliads, but my quick browse didn't find that one.
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Brun31
Mar 25, 2018 1:55 PM CST
Thanks Will. I've had a look at some google images of variegated Aechmeas and I think you're right. Hopefully as it grows it will acquire some more distinguishing identifying features to confirm it.
Thankyou everyone for your help.
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pod
Mar 25, 2018 3:58 PM CST
What do you think about this one? It sure favors your pretty plant. Lovey dubby

Red Pineapple Ananas which is in the bromeliad family. Tricolor Red Pineapple (Ananas comosus var. bracteatus 'Tricolor')
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mikelzz
Mar 25, 2018 4:23 PM CST
pod got it correct

it is a variegated pineapple .. not an aechmea .
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plantladylin
Mar 25, 2018 4:39 PM CST
I agree, #1 is a variegated Ananas


#2 Codiaeum, possibly:
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Brun31
Mar 26, 2018 12:58 AM CST
Ah great! Thankyou so much everyone! Smiling
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skylark
Mar 26, 2018 12:31 PM CST
yours looks just like mine - 2nd year growth much longer then before. I was kinda hoping that it would remain low and cute...since it's in tiny 4" pot. but i read that the leaves can reach 90-100 cm.
curious, where did you get yours?
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Carter
Mar 26, 2018 3:00 PM CST
I agree, the first one is likely variegated pineapple. These will get fairly large, especially if grown indoors where the leaves will stretch in the weaker light. The will still get large outdoors as well, just fuller.

Quite beautiful, wicked spines on the leaves, but not small by any means.

Brun31
Mar 27, 2018 11:19 AM CST
I got it from a garden centre here in England (Sheffield). It didn't have a label so I don't think the garden centre even knew what it was! I was hoping to keep it indoors assuming it would just stay small, but it sounds like it gets too big! And there's no way it would survive outside here! So I'm a bit unsure what I'm going to do with it Confused
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skylark
Mar 27, 2018 11:35 AM CST
well, i'm planning to keep mine in small pot not larger then 6" (it's in 4" now and for a year at least!).
that should curb the spread :)..
i was browsing for some more info and one site said they should be kept above 68F or they suffer.
mine is indoors always, so no problem, but i'll move it from the window sill in winter then.
i'd like to get a fruit of course, but some site said it might take 7 yrs Crying .
though normally broms flower in 2-3. so, i guess we'll see Shrug!

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