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Kalanchoe thrysifolia/luciae & Neanthebella Palm
Could you identify these houseplants?
This plant is a Kalanchoe thrysifolia/luciae.
A Kalanchoe Plant needs bright indirect light. Kalanchoes even enjoy direct sun in the fall, winter, and spring. Direct sun in the summer, however, is too intense and will burn the leaves of a Kalanchoe Plant. The blooms on a Kalanchoe Plant are photo-periodically induced. So as the days get shorter and the Kalanchoe Plant experiences longer periods of darkness, Kalanches produce more flowers.
Kalanchoe Plants are succulents with plump leaves that store water for long periods of time. Kalanchos are easily over- watered which causes root rot. Allow the top 50% of the soil of a Kalanchoe Plant to dry out before watering. If the soil of your Kalanchoe Plant is exceptionally dry, place the plant in a deep saucer filled with water for about ten minutes. This not only prevents over-watering but also prevents water from dripping on the leaves and causing leaf-spot or powdery mildew.
Fertilize a Kalanchoe Plant monthly with a plant food high in nitrogen diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed a Kalanchoe Plant only when it is actively growing. If the soil of the Kalanchoe is very dry, use plain water before using water containing plant food. This prevents the fertilizer from burning the roots of the Kalanchoe Plant.
Kalanchoes like warm temperatures between 60-85 degrees. Temperatures of 40 degrees or less will kill ta Kalanchoe plant within a few hours. Keep Kalanchoes away from cold drafts.
Low to normal household humidity is best. Too much humidity encourages fungal diseases such as leaf-spot and powdery mildew.
It’s a little hard to tell exactly what type of palm this is from the picture, but I am fairly certain it’s a Neanthebella Palm.
A Neanthebella Palm is a great plant for those low-light corners where nothing else seems to grow. If you can read a book during the day without putting on a light you can put a Parlor Palm there. This plant will grow faster in bright filtered light.
Water a Neanthe bella Palm well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Under-watering may result in entire fronds turning yellow. Over- watering causes root rot. The more light a Parlor Palm gets the more water it needs.
Feed a Neanthe bella Palm monthly in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month in the fall and winter. Palms in low light conditions need less food.
A Neanthe bella does well in temperatures between 55-85 degrees.
Basic household humidity is fine for a Parlor Palm.
You can read more about both of these houseplants in the Popular HousePlant Section of the website.