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What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

Posted by JenNatural none (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 20:16

Hello. It's got a long stem that looks like thin bamboo with leaves growing out of it. There were more stems and leaves and I arranged them to twirl around. It grows curved in a way, it dangles. I repotted it and some died. I would like to identify it to know how to properly care for it, thank you.

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RE: What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

Looks like a type of Dieffenbachia


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 1:21

Or maybe an Aglaonema.

RE: What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

it doesnt look very healthy...

and the bamboo look you refer to.. means its segmented... and can very easily be rooted ...

if the ID fails.. which i doubt... a better pic of the leaves might help

google : Dieffenbachia propagation.. or the other name ...


RE: What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

Hi Jen, welcome to Gardenweb! I think you've got Aglaonema modestum there. My first reaction is that it needs more light. This plant will lean and dangle if the light is insufficient, the leaves point down. With more light, it will stand up, sturdy, the leaves would be horizontal, or slightly upturned.

Looking at the soil, I would recommend repotting your plant when convenient. The soil it is in looks like it is almost entirely tiny particles of peat, which would fit so closely together that there are no tiny air pockets in the pot. That can create an airless, soggy condition in the bottom of the pot. Roots sitting for extended periods in such soggy-ness can rot. If you replace that with something much more chunky and airy, your plant should respond well. Your goal should be that when you water, the water should flow out of the drain hole immediately, as fast as you can pour it.

Come on over to the house plant forum if you have more questions.

RE: What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

Thank you all so much! I founds similarities in both Dieffenbachia and Aglaonema modestum. I really do need to get myself more informed on keeping plants. Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I will try keeping it closer to my window and fix the medium.

RE: What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

Yes, they are very similar in appearance. I've had the same Ag for decades, so pretty sure. This pic is from '02, when this plant was in the midst of its' years-long, low-light phase... But as always with these two, even if there's uncertainty about the ID, the care and plants' preferences are identical.

RE: What is this plant? Bamboo like stem

As of a few months ago, (and 11 years of intervening strangeness, repots, moves, companion plantings, then separated to be alone, the plant looks this. You can see the more upright angle of the leaves with more light.

You can snap/break/cut the weak stems of your plant and propagate them, either in the pot with the mama, or separately. The cut stems on the mama should grow new tops. That is why my plant is shorter although it's over a decade older now. I share the tops often, and use them as annuals in pots sometimes.

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