Sad little plant

atownNovember 2, 2011

I found this at home depot today- in a mixed "cactus planter" that contained several dead crispy succulents and two remaining live stalks of this plant. I am decidedly NOT a succulent person (I kill them, but after reading this forum for awhile, I realize a lot of that is because of soil choice.) but figured I could at least try. I got them to sell it to me for a dollar. The soil in the planter was covered in course gravel that had actually been glued together and to the pot, so I had to pull all this gummy gravel out piece by piece to even get the plant out. Gross. Who does that? Anyway...Anyone know what this is, and what kind of shape you think it's in? Any suggestions on pruning/potting? I just threw it in some soil/bark/perilite that I had already mixed. Not a final potting, but better than what it was in. I haven't watered it yet...should I? Again, I'm a succulent-killer, so I'm afraid.

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Also, I picked these up off the floor from a really neat plant. Anyone know what it is and if it will root?

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atown

Well, that didn't work AT ALL! It is too late for me to be operating a pc, apparently. I will try again tomorrow.
Amy

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 11:42PM
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brodyjames_gw

Amy, the "twins" look like Portulacaria afra and look to be ok. Don't water them for a few days yet.
The little guys are a type of Rhipsalis.

Nancy

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 12:31AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Heythere, atown. The formula for showing a pic in the thread:

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Also, I picked these up off the floor from a really neat plant. Anyone know what it is and if it will root?

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 9:27AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Atown,

The last cuttings are a jungle cactus called Hatiora salicornioides, which should root, I'd give it bright, indirect light & periodic water.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 11:50AM
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atown

Purpleinopp, thanks for the tech support! And thanks for the IDs, guys. Are the stems too long? Should I chop them or let them be? I love some of the photos I've seen on here of the really thick trunks and stubby growth...Could that apply to this plant? Are there already threads on how to accomplish that?

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 6:45AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

No, not the same thing, those are Jades, these are not, they're Portulacaria afra, completely different plants tho' they may look similar.

Also, sorry to tell you, but you have mealy bugs, that white fuzzy stuff at the top of the plant. Pls. read around for treatment for mealy bugs, w/ alcohol on Q tips. It spreads, so you need to treat for it now.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 7:51AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You're welcome ;)

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 9:30AM
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atown

I am aware that jades are a different species, but I thought I had seen one of these with a thicker trunk in someone's photos. Also, I am aware of the mealy bugs. This plant is isolated from other plants and will remain so until parasites are eliminated. I'm not new to plants, just don't typically do succulents, although I I have some common ones- aloe vera, a jade cutting that I've managed to keep alive, thanksgiving cactus. I've got basic care down, I just thought maybe I could get some feedback on specifics for this species.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 1:48PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Atown,

I hear ya; I believe Josh (Greenman) grows these & has posted about them.

While I can't give you any tips (this is a plant I've killed repeatedly), I'm sure if you search this forum for Portulacaria afra posts, you'll find a fair amount of care info. HTH

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 3:52PM
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