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Unknown House Plant?

Posted by myhorsecloud none (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 21, 14 at 9:20

So one day my brother brought this plant home, he never told me where he got it. It didn't have any identification and looked really sick. I trimmed off a lot of the dead leaves and branches, but I really don't know what to do with it! Does anyone know what it is? Also, I would love some tips on what to do with it! I don't know how to help it. Thanks in advance!


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RE: Unknown House Plant?

Could be Gardenia. I'd repot and put in the sunniest spot I could find. What state are you in? It might be able to go in the ground outside.


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Ok thanks I'll look into that. Thanks! Maryland, what do they need outdoors?


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I don't think any Gardenias can live permanently in the ground that far north unfortunately. It needs to come inside to escape the cold of winter, then should enjoy taking a vacation outside for summer.

There are discussions about potted Gardenias on the fragrant forum.

I think it's too soon to call the lack of objections to my suggestion that it's a Gardenia a confirmation. Not much to go on here.

Whatever it is, good luck! Don't be too hard on yourself if this doesn't make it. We can't know what's happened to it before you got it, and it looks barely alive.


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I would put it in a bigger pot and fertilize it. I was thinking it was a Gardenia. Hard to tell. I'd just give it regular fertilizer in case we id'ed it wrong. It won't hurt it.


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I don't think it's a Gardenia, I think it's a dying Pointsettia.

Whatever it is, sorry but it's dying. If you scratch any of those stems w/ your fingernail & see GREEN, then there's still some living tissue.

Otherwise it's a goner & I wouldn't waste my time trying to fix it, it's too far gone, sorry that's not what you wanted to hear.


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RE: Unknown House Plant?

Alternate leaf arrangement of Poinsettia rules that out. Tabernaemontana or Gardenia seem more likely.


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RE: Unknown House Plant?

It could be a Coffee plant. Sometimes they are sold as house plants.


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RE: Unknown House Plant?

Please include a warning about potential latex sap that one could contact if scratching, if/when a Euphorbia is suspected. Avoidable extreme dermatological misery!


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RE: Unknown House Plant?

'Chuck Hayes' and 'Shooting Star' can live in zone 6b/7a in Maryland - provided they are protected from winter sun until 11:00 a.m. or later.


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