I'm unsure what variety of plant this is.

It's currently about 30cm tall and the most identifiable feature on it are the small hairy coconut like seeds where the shoots sprout from.

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    The seeds are hairy, the juvenile leaves rise each from one stem. I have never grown ginger from seed but am worried about this identification. Feb 10, 2020 at 12:46
  • I'm also confused about the hairy seeds and am slightly sceptical about the identification of ginger. Ginger grows from a rhizome rather than a seed. I have dug a few millimetres down to look for the tell tale ginger rhizome but all I can see are thin roots
    – SteWoo
    Feb 10, 2020 at 12:51
  • "Ginger grows from a rhizome rather than a seed" true but you need to know that to propagate ginger you need to split it from the rhizome and it will only have roots and a stem like a small plant would but no rhizome until it grows one with time
    – techpuffin
    Feb 10, 2020 at 17:57
  • Many palms have hairy seeds -- it is what's left after the thin covering/flesh of the seed is worn away. May 23, 2020 at 5:01

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It is a palm, my guess is Rhapis excelsa, since it is a common indoor palm (house plant) which looks very similar and has hairy seed pods as well. Here an example of how the seeds look like. Here are some pictures of these plants in the same life phase, I am not the seller, I just found them on google.

Be sure that the pot has good drainage, and remove surplus water in the outerpot. The plant is very good capable of handling shade, and doesn't need much water. But don't let the soil dry up completely either.


Definitely palm seedlings.

No idea which palm. But I don't think it's Rhapis excelsa (lady finger palm) -- the ends of those leaves are typically square, not pointy. I've never grown them from seed, but when they put up a new shoot (they have multiple trunks), there are usually two short leaves on each frond, not one long thin one as in the photo.

More likely a pinnate palm, not a palmate palm. To me, they also don't look like Chamaedorea or Dypsis, two other common types of palms.


It looks like a Lemon Lime Dracaena

The plant is very healthy and just the right height if it's still young

  • I'm not sure the leaves of the plant reflect those of a Lemon Lime Dracaena. The leaves of my plant are a solid dark green.
    – SteWoo
    Feb 14, 2020 at 10:08
  • Hmm.. I'll think about it and check more when I can
    – Coding4el
    Feb 14, 2020 at 14:29

Ginger and it’s very very healthy also it looks like it will need repotting soon

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    It looks like a fat ginger
    – user27811
    Feb 9, 2020 at 21:03
  • yes it does have a lot of individual plants your right they will need splitting at some point Feb 9, 2020 at 21:15
  • I must admit the mulch on the pot confused me but as I have this plant growing in my cupboard it was easy to identify Feb 9, 2020 at 21:17
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    I don't think the "mulch" on the pot is in fact mulch. Each hairy seed has a stem growing out of it. After digging down a few millimetres there is no ginger rhizome beneath the shoots.
    – SteWoo
    Feb 10, 2020 at 12:53

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