Identification: Houseplant: What is it?

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  1. lmarieaa

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    I am trying to firgure out what this plant it. I got it at a grocery store and it was just labeled as "foliage". It is not doing so well anymore and I need the name so I can try and figure out what is wrong and what it needs.
    It is planted in a fish bowl. Any suggestions on what it is and what may be wrong with it?
     

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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Looks like parlor palm, Chamaedorea elegans. Get your plant in a new pot---one with drainage holes!
    And: Welcome to the Forum!
     
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    Thank you! Yes, I figured my plant may not be liking the fish bowl situation. I will get a better pot then!
     
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    oh, it needs drainage!! you should put it in a container that has drain holes in it so excess water has a way out! otherwise, it'll end up with rotted roots!! they also like shady spots; no full sun (unless it's morning sun and then only for an hour or so).
     
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    I put it in a new pot last night. It is a plastic pot, it only had one hole so I cut a few more holes in the bottom just in case the one wouldn't provide enough drainage for it.
     
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    that'll be fine. water thoroughly enough so you just see some of it coming out the bottom and then let it dry a bit - not completely, though - before watering again.
     
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    Thank You! I am a total newbie at plant care :)
     
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    welcome to the madness!!

    just kidding! although, plants CAN be kind of addictive...

    any questions, please ask! we're more than willing to assist you!
     
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    Also, the browning leaves, do i cut them off? A friend told me that I should cut off brown leaves on plants because it makes them healthier. Is this true, or should I just leave them be?
     
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    you can cut them off or leave them until such time as the whole thing has completely dried/browned and then it should come of with a gente tug.

    normal growth pattern is that new leaves come in at the top and the older ones at the bottom eventually die off.
     

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