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what kind of plant is this?


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Bonnie15-Jun-01 10:11 AM EST 5a   
Amy15-Jun-01 10:40 AM EST 3   
Debbie15-Jun-01 01:04 PM EST   
Victoria15-Jun-01 02:06 PM EST   
Bonnie15-Jun-01 09:29 PM EST 5a   


Subject: what kind of plant is this?
From: Bonnie
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-Jun-01 10:11 AM EST

I inherited a plant with my home, and don't know what it is. It is in a hanging basket, and has about 20 shoots that hang 2-3 feet. The leaves are burgundy on the back, on the front are darkgreen with 2 light green stripes, one on each side, so there is a dark green stripe in the middle. Most of the leaves on the top halves of all the shoots are dried up, but some new shoots are appearing in the middle of the pot. What is this called? Can I cut off the bad ones, and let the new ones start over? Or how do I revive it? Thanks!


Subject: RE: what kind of plant is this?
From: Amy
Zone: 3
Date: 15-Jun-01 10:40 AM EST

Sounds like it could be a wandering jew.


Subject: RE: what kind of plant is this?
From: Debbie
Zone:
Date: 15-Jun-01 01:04 PM EST

What are the leaves shaped like and how big are they? I doubt it is a wandering jew in zone 3 especially in a hanging pot out side, I assume. Might be varigated ground ivy or silver nettle with a phosphorous deficiency, having winter in the same dirt.


Subject: RE: what kind of plant is this?
From: Victoria
Zone:
Date: 15-Jun-01 02:06 PM EST

If it's inside, it sounds like a Wandering Jew - if so, trim it up and throw the stems with live leaves in water - they root very easily - in a week or so. I trim mine constantly or it goes spindly. Since the leaves seem to die closer to the pot (when I forget to water!) I plant my cuttings in the same pot to keep it looking full.


Subject: THANKS: what kind of plant is this?
From: Bonnie
Zone: 5a
Date: 15-Jun-01 09:29 PM EST

Thanks everyone! I looked up a 'Wandering Jew' and that looks like just what it is. It is indoors, and I think I will trim some and see whether I can get them to root and replant back in the pot. Does it flower? I also inherited a Christmas Cactus that is just about to open one bloom. How do I care for it, anything special I need to know so that it blooms when it is supposed to?


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