Please help identify plant so I can take care of it.

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  1. DrkAng3Lx

    DrkAng3Lx Member

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    So I don't have any knowledge of plants or types of plants, but I got this cute little plotted plant from the UBC Botanical gardens on the first day of school this year.

    I've been watering it with tap water once every 2 or 3 days since then and it's been growing a bit.

    I really want to take care of it but I don't know how to take care of it and can't even look up how to do it because I don't know what its name is.

    I have many questions, for example would it grow a lot and need to be repotted and need new soil? If so how should I do it? What is that large stalk growing from the top, do I take it off and plant it elsewhere for it to grow into another one?

    If anyone can help me with the above questions, thank you in advance. But a simple name would be helpful as well so I can look it up.

    Here is another picture I just took of it from another angle, in case the first one wasn't good enough ._.
     

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  2. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi!
    It's a Haworthia sp., but I'm not sure which one could it be... (maybe a H. cymbiformis or a similar species)
     
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    nic Active Member 10 Years

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    Flowerstalk, at a guess, my book says the flowers ane "insignicant", but I find it tremendously exciting when an indoor plant flowers, when it's grown for its foliage, so leave it alone! Unless Haworthia are monocarpic, anyone?
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Nope, not monocarpic at all, Nic. I've got a really nice clump of them in the garden, and they bloom just about continuously with no ill effects.
    DA, It will grow, but not very quickly, and it's always a good idea to repot at least once a year if only to keep the soils from getting exhausted - when you do, look for "cactus soil" at your local garden center - that's go the right kind of mix and drainage for succulents like this one. What you're seeing right now is the flowering mast, which produces some rather pretty flowers; when those are done, you'll want to cut the mast off. You might also see smaller plants growing around the mother - those are keikis or "pups" - they're the plant reproducing itself vegetatively. You can keep them in the same pot as the mother (which I prefer, because it looks better), or you can separate them into their own pots.

    I'll third the genus ID - it's Haworthia. Species, I'm clueless.
     
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    nic Active Member 10 Years

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    "keikis"? botanical or local term? Not come across it before.

    I like them clustering around the parent plant in a pot, too, until they all grow too big for the pot, so you divide them up and give the pot of babies to a passing niece, who pushes off to Oxfordshire just as the mother plant decides she didn't like being repotted and pegs it.
     
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    Yeeee thank you for the replies everyone! ^^

    And awwww poor nic >: Hope you got another plant to replace it.
     
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    It looks alot like a houseleek aka "hen & chicks". I've had better luck growing them outdoors than in, and they produced tall flower stalks as well.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Nic - "keiki" is a botanical term for offshoots; mostly it's used with orchids, but it also applies to bananas, bromeliads, and other succulents. It's a Hawaiian word meaning "little one."
     
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    nic Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks, Lorax, won't be in common use in Scotland, then. Or not on the east coast.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    My grannie, who was from near Inverness, used to call the same plant structures "wee bairns." :)
     

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