Plant identification

Plant identification

THE AGRONOMIST ANSWERS ON HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR PLANTS

IDENTIFICATION OF PLANTS

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QUESTION OF SILVIA

Saturday 23 January, I was given a composition of indoor plants, I need urgent advice, first of all what plants it is, I only recognized a bromeliad and a fittonia, the plant that seems to belong to the nocifera family. it has no "coconut" so I don't know what kind of plant it can be and the others I don't know what they are, and therefore I don't know what are the best conditions with which to preserve them, and then I wanted to know is the case to separate them immediately, or I leave them together , I am worried because the fittonia is just below all the others, and it seems to me that it does not receive light.


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I attach photos of the composition hoping they will be useful, thank you in advance for your help.

Silvia

AGRONOM ANSWERS

Hi Silvia,

I looked carefully at the photos you sent me and in my opinion the composition is formed by a mottled leaf variety of Ficus benjamina(Photo 1) e Guzmania(Photo 2).

I assume that the little green plant that looks like "moss" (Photo 3) could be one Selaginellabut I'm not sure why the photo is unclear, compare it with the photos in the link that I indicated.

What you think is a coconut are undoubtedly coconut leaves, Cocus nucifera (Photo 4). The fact that there is no walnut is not a discriminating factor because very often these compositions are formed by florists as if they were bouquets of flowers and therefore it may be that they are just leaves buried in the ground to decorate the composition, check.

The leaves in Photo 5 resemble those of oneDracaenaand even here you should check if the whole plant exists or are only leaves while the mottled red leaf of Photo 6 could be as you say one Fittonia.

Now, surely this is not the right time to repot but in my opinion, in consideration of these disgraces that unfortunately the traders make to sell (and I always hope that nobody buys them so they stop making similar obscenities with plants so much different from each other), I advise you to flare immediately and see how many of these have the roots then repot in single pots, following the technical indications given in the sheets that I have indicated to you.

Keep me informed.

Dr. M. G. Davoli

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