What house plant do I have?

katieptApril 30, 2013

I'm new to owning indoor plants, and I don't know what type this plant is. It is high maintenance, requires a lot of water, and browns easily. Does anyone know how to properly care for it?

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Katiept it appears to have been some sort of pine tree - but I could be mistaken. Is there no label at all or did you buy/receive it un-named?
It is sitting in a dish of water, which suggests you have almost killed it with "kindness". Your area does not come up with your name, so people don't know what your zone is or if it is possible to move the plant outdoors for more light (not sun, just brightness).
I would remove the plant from that dish immediately and allow the soil to dry out a bit. You ill probably find that the brown growth does not recover but it may re-shoot. I would also clip off the brown leaves gently as they will only make a mess as they fall.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:46AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Not a pine, but an Araucaria heterophylla.....commonly called a Norfolk Island Pine, a very common houseplant. Called a pine because it looks like one but isn't a true pine, at all. It apoears to be deader than a doornail, probably from root rot, and I wouldn't spend one minute on trying to revive it.

If you liked this plant, do a bit of research on the care of NIPs, then buy another. They are not a high maintenance plant though very prone to spider mite infestations. They don't need a lot of water.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 7:08AM
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Hi...... the only thing I would add is that did it sit near a
heat fent..these dry out very easy...it looks like it just got to dry....I had one do the same thing..I didn't know it did like to be near a heat vent.......linda

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 9:10AM
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The Ficus Wrangler

Yes, dead NIP. Until you become more practiced with houseplants, stick to the easier ones. NIP is not a beginner plant. The pothos you have in the background is a good starter. Some others would be heart-leaf philodendron, spider plant, sanseveria (snake plant), peace lily, aglaonema (Chinese evergreen), A small (4" or 6") neanthe bella palm would be full like the NIP, and much easier to keep. There's a lot for you to learn - press on.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 3:55PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Emerald, very few plants do well near a heat vent....or a A/C vent, for that matter.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:02PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I agree. That plant is dead. Try to keep plants away from heatvents. Try a spider plant. I ahev incredible luck with them

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:31PM
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Thanks everyone for the advice. This plant was a gift, and I obviously didn't know what I was doing. I'll discard it and start with something more "beginner-friendly." thefiscuswrangler: I appreciate your suggestions.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 9:01PM
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Hi.....rhizo_1...yes this I have learned....lol.....linda

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 7:02PM
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