ID's please

a1pha_fema1e(4)July 13, 2013

Hi! I got some new plants from a Freecycler today :) And need some ID's. I think this is a Christmas Cactus? Are the white spots water marks from hard water or spider mites?

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a1pha_fema1e(4)

I know the big one is a snake plant/mother in laws tongue, but what about the little one? Thanks

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 4:51PM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

She didn't know what this is. "Some long name I can't remember" is what she said lol. And how do I care for it?

Do I repot or pot up the cactus? Using cactus/succulent soil? Do I plant the tongue in cactus soil too? THANKS!!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 4:54PM
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teisa(6)

Well let me congradulate you on your new plants! Your unknown is a Hoya Carnosa. They are wonderful house plants. Yours will bloom a beautiful pink fuzzy bloom. There is a Hoya Forum. You can get alot of care and information tips there. Good luck with it!

I'm pretty sure that is just hard water spots. Someone else will have to advise on repotting the snake plant. Your carnosa will like cactus soil with lots of extra perilite and even orchid bark added in.

This post was edited by teisa on Sat, Jul 13, 13 at 17:21

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 5:18PM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Cool! Thanks!!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 5:26PM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Oh my gosh! I just realized, seeing the flowers, that this is the same plant my late step mom had covering a wall in her room! :)

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 5:53PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Your snake plant looks like it never saw the light of day. It is very weak right now and shows it. Almost no color and washed out green. No direct sun for a very long time. But it does need indirect sun or bright lights. With summer heat, you can increase watering but try to keep on the dry side.
Stush

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 6:52PM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Thanks! Think it will survive to root?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 7:00PM
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pelargonium_gw

It will certainly survive, snakeplants are tough. The only things that kill them are overwatering and low temperatures, especially in combination. Give it bright light, but no direct sunlight to begin with, untill it has grown stronger. The little plant I don't know what it is, just let it grow and see! The third one is a Hoya carnosa, as already mentioned.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 5:33AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Thanksgiving cactus.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 7:17AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi A1pha,

I think I've seen you a bit around different forum & lately at Hoya, w/ your new plants.

Pls. read a bit on mixes, the mix above is too peaty, likely to cause problems for the Sans. & maybe the TC.

Definitely a problem for the Sans, it's too big a pot combined w/mix that will retain water too long. I'd try using Cactus & Succulent mix w/ 50% extra perlite, which could be used for both plants.

I'd put the Sans in a small clay pot, & don't water it in after changing pot, just rest the leaf against edge of pot. I don't know what that other little plant is in w/ the Sans.

Otherwise, I suspect leaving the Sans. leaf in that mix & then watering it will rot it before it can root.

Same mix I'm suggesting can be used for the Thanksgiving Cactus (TC), but I'd keep using the plastic pot for that.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 9:15AM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Thanks! That was a temporary container, just to prop them up to show them. I put them all in succulent mix for now, can't afford to buy more soil at the moment. I hope the cactus can handle abuse, cause when I went to check on how its roots were doing, it was completely and utterly rootbound and I think had rot. Quite a few portions of it fell off, I just put them back in the soil... There were 3 distinct plants in it, so I separated one and cut back the roots of all and put them in separate pots with new cactus/succulent soil. Then I was like.. whoops, probly should have consulted with the experts first...

What is the difference between Christmas Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 10:55AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Pls. search for the link explaining holiday cactus (sorry, I don't know how to provide it).

Short version TC has jagged edges, CC has more rounded, very similar blooms & identical care.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 11:05AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

ID'ing holiday cacti. Is that the one you like, PG?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:21PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Yes, Purp, thanks much! That one explains the differences so very well & the drawings help too.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:52PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

The technical term for this plant (TC) is Sclumbergera truncata, but it is actually a cross between truncata and bridgessi

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 6:43PM
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birdsnblooms

A1 Nice haul.

I think your Hoya, photo 3, is Hoya finlaysonii. It too needs more sun.
Foliage is somewhat pale..brighter light will enhance green and veined leaves.

Ironically, the left side looks different from the right. Are both sides on one trunk? Or is there more than one plant?
The left side also has one heart-shape leaf, which is a different Hoya altogether.

The plant in the pot with the Sans/Snake reminds me of Dracaena. Toni

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 8:33PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi again,

Hiya Toni, sorry but no that's not H. finlaysonii, looks like much more common Carnosa (still a favorite of mine). Finlaysonni is not one to find at a BBS or by cuttings from a neighbor. The color, shape & leaf variability all suggest Carnosa (often remarked on for leaf shape variability).

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:22PM
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a1pha_fema1e(4)

Thanks guys! There are 2 hoya cuttings. She took them from the same hanging basket. They are top and bottom though, not left and right. She said something about someone telling her to take leaves off and it will do something, I dismissed what she said though so I don't remember. But that is why it looks leggy I think.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:25PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

It's not leggy, these Hoyas are vines, that's what they're supposed to look like.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 7:36AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I agree with hoya carnosa, it is a common variety with variable leaves so some are bound too look like a related species

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 9:54AM
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