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Apr 26, 2018 12:42 PM CST
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My coworkers gave me one of these collections, and while I recognize what I think are jade plants, different sedum, and elephant bush, I don't know what the tall trio at the back and the fingery plants just in front of them are. Maybe the rear plants are cotyledon obiculata? I'd appreciate any help. Sadly, as it happens with many of these sets bought from big box hardware stores, the plants were infested with mealybugs and the soil is infested with some sort of small, long, black insects. The tall plants look drastically different--almost like fireworks, with the leaves really splayed out and curving downward--in veggie gardening, I'd attribute that to a calcium or some other sort of deficiency, but maybe it's the hungry mealybugs as I only noticed them after the plant took a literal and figurative turn for the worse. I'm doing what I can to rehab the mealy bugs and will attempt to repot and get rid of this soil. I'd just like to know what these are. Thanks in advance. P.S., the plant to the left is an aluminum plant another coworker gave me. I moved the succulents away after I took this family photo.
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Apr 26, 2018 4:11 PM CST
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I'll make a couple of guesses:

Photo #1 Top Left: Not sure, possibly a variety of Kalanchoe?

Top Center: Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra)


Front, lower left: Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)


Top, far right: Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)


Bottom Center; possibly Crassula nudicaulis var. platyphylla 'Burgundy'
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Apr 26, 2018 7:12 PM CST
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Thank you so much, plantladylin--I think kalanchoe is a better guess than my cotyledon. I wonder if it might also be a crassula, like a Crassula arborescens or wavy leaf jade plant, and if the skinny-fingered one just in front of it (behind the elephant bush) might also be a crassula. I have another image of the almost comically now-"exploded" rear plant (kalanchoe/crassula/?) and the mystery in front of it. It's leaves have been dropping at the slightest touch, so I've been collecting them to try to callous and propagate.
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Apr 27, 2018 10:03 AM CST
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Hi & welcome!

The bigger one may be some form of Cotyledon orbiculata:
Round-Leafed Navel Wort (Cotyledon orbiculata)
That's the general species, there are cultivars & variants.

Compare the one with gold edges to S. adolphi/nussbaumerianum:
Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphi)
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Apr 27, 2018 10:51 AM CST
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purpleinopp said:Hi & welcome!

The bigger one may be some form of Cotyledon orbiculata:
Round-Leafed Navel Wort (Cotyledon orbiculata)
That's the general species, there are cultivars & variants.

Compare the one with gold edges to S. adolphi/nussbaumerianum:
Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphi)


Thank you, purpleinopp! Gosh, I keep going back and forth, but now I think you're right. It looks like a Red Edged Pig's Ear/cotyledon orbiculata high-elevation form, and the plant in front of it looks like a Cotyledon orbiculata var. oophyla (aka lady fingers)...or possibly var. oblonga. But anyway, oh boy, is my pig's ear sick. Not sure if it's the mealy bugs or the black bugs in the soil or a combo. I've been spraying the whole group with a mixture of alcohol, water, and dish soap for the past week , as well as delousing by hand, so helpfully it will help. I'm glad succulents are so good at telling us when they're sick--just wish I could better decipher what's wrong and what I can do for them.
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