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What houseplant is this?

Posted by river251 8-9 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 19, 12 at 12:59

Hello, I picked up a very nice plant at the grocery for $10, but it has no identifying info. I want to look up care and feeding, so would appreciate it if anybody recognizes what this is. Here are some pics also linked in the link "plant" at the end:


Here is a link that might be useful: plant

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RE: What houseplant is this?

It'd be easier ID'ing if you snapped a picture of the plant you bought.

This is a total guess, but it could pass for False Aralia/dizgotheca.

Can you post a pic of your plant? Toni

RE: What houseplant is this?

Hi, those pics are of my plant. Did they not show?

RE: What houseplant is this?

That is an Aralia, also known as Polyscias Ming or Ming Aralia.

Not the easiest of plants, can be temperamental. Folks say they don't like to be moved & they can drop leaves sometimes when moved.

I'm guessing those pix are not of the plant you bought? Seems mighty large. I believe they like bright, indirect light, not strong sun. They benefit from use of a pebble tray.

I grow a relative of theirs Balfour Aralia, a rounded leaf plant which takes similar care.

RE: What houseplant is this?

Jim, yes they showed, but I was expecting to see a little plant in a small container. lol..Sorry. Toni

RE: What houseplant is this?

river251, I am going to tread very carefully here and say that the plant in the top left hand photograph - the one that clearly shows the plant in an indoor floor planter - is a Ming Aralia
Scientific Name: Polyscias fruticosa (L.) Harms
Synonym:Nothopanax fruticosus
Family: Araliaceae
And that is no $5.00 plant!!

RE: What houseplant is this?

Heh, thanks everyone for the help. I googled Ming Aralia and found some closeups that erase all doubt, that's definitly what it is. All pics are the same plant, about as clear as I can get on my phone.

I almost tripped over it leaving Albertson's grocery store and thought it was a nice plant. I checked on the price and it was only $10 so I grabbed it, I like getting plants I'm not familiar with. They had 3 of them but they were all gone the next day.

Now I know how to find its care and will join my indoor forest...

Thanks again,

RE: What houseplant is this?

Hiya Jim,

You're welcome. Are you telling us you bought that LARGE one for $10? Holy smokes, a deal & a half there!!!

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