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Old 12-03-2014, 09:34 AM
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i need an ID please!


I just bought this pretty plant last friday for $2.79. It doesnt have any tags at all. I thought it looked like it belongs in the aralia family but i have never had an aralia before so i really dont know what it is. I thought it was pretty and inexpensive so i thought i would give it a try. Hopefully someone knows what it is.







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Old 12-03-2014, 09:41 AM
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I apologize, it does have a tag. But its information only. It doesn't have the plant name just the growing requirements. It says:
low to high light
fertilize every 2-4 months
keep soil moist but do not let plant stand in water
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:06 AM
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I've had one of those before and I think it is in the aralia family, not positive though.
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I agree with you both, this one is in the Araliaceae family, most commonly called "False Arelia", I think.

Maybe the nurserymen didn't know quite how to tag it because the botanists have renamed it a few times.
I believe it's botanic name is currently Plerandra elegantissima
(but it has also been called Dizygotheca elegantissima and/or Schefflera elegantissima at various times).

They are lovely plants, but watch it closely for signs of scale insects - they LOVE those plants.
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Old 12-03-2014, 01:23 PM
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Thank you both! I have been looking for one for a long time. When Isaw it I was hoping that's what it was. There are so many plants that look alike with very subtle differences and are not even related so I had my fingers crossed on this one!
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Nice an branchy plant..

What do you do if it gets scales?
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Old 12-03-2014, 04:34 PM
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Gorgeous shape on those leaves, what a great find!
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Originally Posted by bali View Post:

What do you do if it gets scales?
If you can catch any scale infestation early enough,
I'd suggest using a cotton swap and rubbing alcohol to smush the boogers one-by-one and clean them off.
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Originally Posted by zuzu's petals View Post:
If you can catch any scale infestation early enough,
I'd suggest using a cotton swap and rubbing alcohol to smush the boogers one-by-one and clean them off.

What do they look like zuzu? I dont think i have ever seen any.
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Originally Posted by tomsrosebud View Post:
What do they look like zuzu? I dont think i have ever seen any.
There is a good article here (a University of Minn. site): http://www.entomology.umn.edu/cues/i...ine/Scale.html,
which has info that might be helpful.

The thing about scale is that it can be really "sneaky", blending in and appearing to be a natural part of a plant.

There are many different types, but the particular type of scale that I have seen on False Arelia plants looks rather like the one that is actually depicted at the linked site, sort of like a little brown, waxy "bump" that usually first appears on the stems or along leaf veins.
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Ok. Thank you zuzu! I will look into it.
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