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when my son died we recieved a bunch of plants & flowers.. most died except this 1 type plant .. I sooooooo dont have a green thumb & kill them weekly..
once they are almost gone i cut off the dead leaves & water them & then they grow back over again.. repeat process

anways.. 1.. whay type plants are they?

& 2.. what do i need to do to them??

here they are

this one is actually doing good..

http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/ourfam/...nts/plant1.jpg

2.. this one is limpy every other day..
I did take it out the pots.. reline the bottom of the basket & fill it back in with good potting soil
http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/ourfam/...nts/plant2.jpg

this one was in a tiny pot.. i just put it in this bigger pot
http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/ourfam/...nts/plant3.jpg

2 tiny pots in this basket.. I plan to put them in 2 large pots
http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/ourfam/...nts/plant4.jpg

this one is is potted exactly like the first plant.. I dont understand why it looks so bad
http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/ourfam/...nts/plant5.jpg

& this one.. i guess is the same as the others..its in a little short glass vase..
http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/ourfam/...nts/plant6.jpg

please help me save these poor plants.. I feel bad for them
 

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First of all, so sorry for your loss.
My plants at work do so well but the ones at home.... not so good. I'm not sure what the names of your plants are but I have some similar to these at work and all I do is water them weekly and give them some plant food every once in a while. They get quite a bit of sunlight where they are located but not direct sunlight. I'm sure someone else will post with better advice than this but if mine look bad, I do what you do... cut it off and start over again.
 

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I think they're called Banana Plants?


Bigger pots seems like a good idea.
Once you're sure what kind they are, you can look up what type of soil they like best. Some like really sandy stuff, others not so much.

My main thought is: try to figure out what the happier plants have in common. I noticed the photo #5 plant is right next to a heating vent...
maybe it's overheated? Or dries out too fast?

How much light do your happiest plants get?
Can the other plants be near them, or in comparable windows/areas?

Hope you get some better advice than mine!
 

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Originally Posted by ramlita
I think they're called Banana Plants?


Bigger pots seems like a good idea.
Once you're sure what kind they are, you can look up what type of soil they like best. Some like really sandy stuff, others not so much.

My main thought is: try to figure out what the happier plants have in common. I noticed the photo #5 plant is right next to a heating vent...
maybe it's overheated? Or dries out too fast?

How much light do your happiest plants get?
Can the other plants be near them, or in comparable windows/areas?

Hope you get some better advice than mine!

oops.. ment to say.. #5 was sitting next to that vent.. but its normally in my bedroom on a dresser.. i had it sitting there cause Id just watered it & was letting it drain before putting back
 

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The look like philodendrons to me.

Regardless, they probably need bigger pots, and water anytime the soil feels dry to the touch. Probably weekly. Make sure the new pots have drainage holes of some kind. You can repot with commercial potting soil, nothing fancy for these guys. They need at least indirect sunlight (near a window w/ miniblinds, for instance) and don't want too much direct sunlight as they'll sunburn. Really pretty easy houseplants.

http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC1509.htm
 

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I'm pretty sure these are some variety of spathiphyllum, some call it the "peace lily". Most healthy spathiphyllum will put out several blooms a year that look a little like calla lilly.

If they're wilting, they're not getting watered frequently enough I don't think. I've grown these in pots with maybe 1/3 to 1/2 parts lava nuggets, the rest potting soil, watering once a week. (It's a real gravelly mix.) Unless they have a real dense, heavy soil (which I don't think is good), and you're keeping them really wet, I think it's a good bet you know if it's starting to droop, it needs water. When watering, completely flood the pot, and it can sit in a quarter inch or so water in the draining tray after you water without hurting the plant.

They'd benefit from a light feeding now and then too. Just follow the directions on the label of an indoor plant food.

Spaths don't need the strong light that a lot of other indoor plants need. And often the brown tips are a sign that the plant isn't getting enough humidity. If you treat them to a shower (yes, stick them in the shower!) once a week or so that might keep them happier. It's okay to take out a nice sharp scissor and trim away the burned edges to keep them looking nicer. Just follow the natural shape of the leaf to keep it's shape. And if you baby them with a shower, you may see less new burning.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Don't worry~if you watch how they respond to the different things you try, you will learn what these plants really need. They tend to be cooperative and will meet you half way. It won't be too long, they'll be looking beautiful again when you get it figured out what works best for them in your home.

Linda
 
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