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What plant is this and what do I do with it?

I now work at a new desk and inherited this plant. Click to enlarge. What is it and what can I do with it (to fix it or trim it)? Indoors, no sunlight. I am not a gardener :)
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What houseplants will best filter the air for a retirement home?

My grandpa lives in a retirement home. I visit him on every Friday, so after browsing on this site, I was thinking to buy a plant or two for his room. Do you have any recommendations? Which is the ...
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My Areca Palm is dying

I bought a 5ft areca palm about a month ago. About two weeks after I purchased it, I noticed some leaves had spots and others were turning brown. Initially I thought it was normal but more leaves seem ...
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Received a plant; need help identifying it [duplicate]

I recently inherited this plant, and am not sure of what type of plant it is or what its needs are (as far as watering, light, temp, etc.). Any help in either respect would be greatly appreciated. ...
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Office plant identification and care

At my work, everyone has his own plant and needs to take care of it. I was wondering if you guys could help me out taking care of my plant. A picture of my plant can be seen below. So, by that, I ...
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Pest, etiolation, soil or overwatering? Other causes of pale-brown tips in Aloe Vera

A friend has just given me an Aloe Vera with pale brown tips. Different sources have lead me to multiple non-conclusive possible causes; mainly: pests, etiolation, wrong type of soil or overwatering.....
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What is this small plant with large dark green leaves, and how do I care for it?

A friend just gave me one of her houseplants during her move to another apartment. She doesn't know what the name of this plant is and she didn't give me any instructions on how to care for it. The ...
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What plant is this and how do I save it?

I've recently found this plant, which was already dying, maybe due to low temperatures, too much or too less water, poor soil... Firstly, I'd like to know its name, in order to learn how to take care ...
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This plant doesn’t want to stay alive

I have searched everywhere. It was given to me by a friend who kept almost killing it. Consequently, I keep almost killing it too because I can’t figure out what it is or how to care for it. There ...
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How can I keep my flamingo plants small for a terrarium?

I have some flamingo plants, Anthurium sp., growing in my 60x100x60 cm rainforest terrarium. My problem is about this big one here It's about 60cm in height, and I want it to keep it a bit smaller ...
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Dendrobium nobile: How and when to cut and pot new plant (keiki) from mother?

I have a (slightly neglected) dendrobium nobile that has started to grow new plants at the top of two old stalks. One is staring to show roots (see picture below), the other is still a bit smaller. ...
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How should I take care of my new Areca Palm?

I just received my new Areca Palm. It was delivered to me in New York via UPS from Florida. Since Florida is more than a little warmer than here, my question is how to take care of this so it gets ...
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Succulent (aloe?) with strange growth coming from the stem

I inherited a mystery house plant that I assumed was some type of aloe. Honestly I wasn't too worried about it (it seemed happy and pretty enough😅) until it got these yellow growths where the leaves ...
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How do you prune a rose bush?

I tried to prune a rose bush and it stopped growing from all the branches I pruned, and instead shot one big green stem up from the root again. What is the proper technique?
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

I have two trees that experience significant traffic of ants up and down? Crataegus 'Pauls's Scarlet' - An established mid-age tree. Ants go up to the top of the tree, can't see what they are looking ...
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Is there a simple rule of thumb for caring for potted plants in an office?

I've recently been made responsible for watering and taking care of many small potted plants around our office, and I have little to no gardening experience. There are many different types of plants, ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

My wife and I just bought a property and I don't know anything about plants or trees. Can someone tell me what the large trees/bushes/plants are and also how often do I need to water them?
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What is causing brown spots on my Alocasia Black Velvet?

About two months ago I bought an Alocasia black velvet for on my desk. My office has a large window and the plant stand at a distance of around 3 meters from the window, so not in direct sunlight. I ...
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Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?

I've had this plant in water until it grew enough roots and a few more leaves. I'm not sure what kind of plant this is, but its starting to grow longer; when it was only one little leaf when I rescued ...
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Is this shrub a rhododendron, and how can I help it to flourish?

My mom gave me this shrub/tree/bush a few years back. She told me it was a rhododendron but had no other information. I live on the border of Zone 4 and 5 in the Lake Michigan basin. I planted it ...
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What do I have to pay attention to with pre-potted growing sets of herbs?

I'm very inexperienced with gardening and I got two growing sets from IKEA, including sets for basil, parsley, peppermint, coriander, oregano and thyme. Most of them have begun to grow and it seems ...
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Office plant identification and care - my 2nd plant

Since my previous question about the plant at my office is so well received, I thought it would be nice to get some information about another plant at my office. A picture of my plant can be seen ...
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Does Aloe Vera bloom?

I noticed today a kind of an 'offspring' on my Aloe Vera plant. This big plant produces many offsprings all the time but they always come from the roots and look different from this one. This is the ...
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What makes a plant deer resistant?

Every so often I see plants advertised as being "deer resistant". I can understand when flowers are marked as attracting butterflies or hummingbirds, since that can be determined by the shape of the ...
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How to keep my roses fresh?

I got a few roses from my friends and I keep them in my office. I've changed their fresh water for three days but they won't stop fading. What can I do to extend their flowering? Some people tell me ...
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How to save my 1-meter-high Aloe Vera plant which broke off at the stem? [duplicate]

My aloe plant broke at the stem, all leaves and about 1 inch of stem remain. Can I re-plant the broken section and will it grow again from the broken stem?
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How should I deal with these ill pepper plants?

I've had these pepper plants for a year and a half now. They weren't 100% healthy when I bought them. The actual plan was to pick the fruits and then bin the plants, but I felt bad doing that! They ...
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How effective is cow's blood as a deer deterent?

In reading this thread I was curious about something I was told a while ago. A friend of mine said he was having issues with deer eating all of his plants. He said he was given advice to utilize dried ...
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Palm plant wilting/drooping (pics added)

UPDATE: Found some white dots that are extremely tiny. Not sure if they are scale or mineral deposit from water. The palm plant has also closed all of its leaves. My palm plant was doing great and ...
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Extending Life of Cut Flowers

I was reading this article on Extending the Life of Cut Flowers and had a couple of questions. As was also pointed out on How to keep my roses fresh?, you should cut the stems at an angle under ...
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How to trim a rubber tree plant when all of the leaves are at the top [duplicate]

I want to trim my rubber tree because it is too tall, but many of the leaves have fallen off. Now, there are only a few leaves left, and they are all at the top. I water it about once per week and ...
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Help! My Song of India (Dracaena reflexa) plant is dying!

Few weeks ago (probably 2-3), I was re-potting some of my plants. One of the patients was Song of India. The other two plants had severe root bounding. After re-potting them successfully, I started ...
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What is this plant that has been growing in my garden?

This plant looks nice but I don't know the name for this plant. It doesn't have flowers and it is about one feet wide and long. It grows on tilled soil. Plant got a bud: My First plant is so tall: ...
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Dying leaves on "Dracaena marginata"

I have a Dracaena marginata that I've had for a few years now. I moved it to a new location about a year ago - with the only noticeable difference being that it's a lower-light environment. Similarly, ...
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Browning and dying lotus leaves

Outside pot in Santa Clara County California. Lotus is about 8 years old and has done fine up to this year. Now every single leaf gets brown around the edges, then gradually gets totally brown from ...
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Hydroponic Chilli plant deficiency

I've been experimenting with hydroponics chili but no success. Here are some pics. There is no infection or bugs for sure but seems like deficiency of nutrition. Flowers grow but rot very easily and ...
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Boy this rubber tree has issues

I've had this rubber tree for about five years and it looked great during its first year. However I moved around a lot and I moved the Pheadrus around even more (yesterday I learned what a stress it ...
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Yellow Leaves Calathea Medallion

I bought this Calathea earlier in the year (UK based) and it’s recently started to show yellow leaves, see pictures. It’s had about 3-4 yellow leaves now, all of them at the bottom of the plant ...
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The cause of the pine needle fading

We have one vascular plant (Araucaria heterophylla) in my sister room and have this condition: And this gif type: My room plants are this kind: And : So my room is better for this vascular plant ...
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Lotus-like succulent. What plant is this?

The plant is very small and looks similar to one I have that is quite bigger compared to this little fella. Is this Echeveria? What is the care and soil needs for this plant? Both the plants are in 4" ...
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What is this potted plant with dark green leaves and puffy white flowers on long stems?

I recently got this plant from my granddad, he can't take care of it anymore. Neither of us can figure out what it is, but he used to travel a lot so it wouldn't surprise me if he brought it from ...
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Brown leaves on shrub

Anyone know what’s happening with this otherwise healthy looking shrub?
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Peace Lily. Inside of stem protrudes (see pic). Do I need to do something about it?

As you can see in the pic of this Peace Lily, the internal part of the stem encircled in red protrudes outside its cover. Is that normal? Should I try to push it in or do something about it?
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My anthurium's leaves are turning yellow and brown

I recently got this anthurium from Safeway. I put it away in my room from a south facing window. And then repotted it into a bigger pot with regular potting mix. The plants leaves started to get brown ...
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How can I rescue this lemon tree?

I've been growing a lemon tree from a store-bought lemon seed for about half a year now. A few days ago the temperatures have started to increase and since then the tree looks dried out, even though ...
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