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Apr 27, 2017 12:21 PM

Help in identifying this little plant

A couple of months ago I took a chance and ordered some red Venus Fly Trap seeds from eBay. I have been trying for a while to grow fly traps and once it turned up the seeds were of Dragon fruit, a couple of times I did get the right seeds but the little sprouts died, this time something sprouted but it is definitely not what I ordered. The seeds looked fine but they sprouted after a couple of days (way too soon in my experience) and the little red sprouts grew very fast and very tall. After two months only one survived and I decided to keep it, just have no idea what it is. It is about 3 inches tall now. Any idea what it is?

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    Apr 27, 2017 6:39 PM (in response to gsm_dealer08)
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    Hello gsm_dealer08,

     

    Welcome to NaturePlus.

     

    I think this may need to grow a bit more to give more clues. At the moment it looks a bit like a Fuchsia, but that's probably unlikely.

     

    Regards Lucy

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        Apr 27, 2017 8:05 PM (in response to gsm_dealer08)
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        If you have any general purpose fertiliser, the type that you mix with water, you could try feeding it once a week to encourage it a bit.

         

        Be careful not to overwater it though, the green algal growth on the surface of the compost suggests it may have been kept a little on the wet side.

         

        Perhaps you would like to post some more images when it gets a bit bigger, and flowers would be nice as well to aid identification!

         

        Lucy

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      May 25, 2017 12:00 PM (in response to gsm_dealer08)
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      Thanks for the update.

      It is clearly growing well for you.

      But I am more unclear now than I was before!

      Plumbago it is not. As another stab, I might go for Amaranthus, or elsewhere in the Amaranthaceae.

      Might have to wait for flowers, unless somebody else (eg. Lucy) has a flash of inspiration.

       

      Mike

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          May 25, 2017 9:18 PM (in response to gsm_dealer08)
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          I hope it turns out to be a nice one: some are very showy, some weedy.

          Keep up posted!

           

          Don't be in too much of a hurry to pot-on. If a plant has too much soil, the soil can become sour, especially if overwatered, which can kill the plant or make it poorly. Also, if you let a plant become a little pot-bound, the root ball will hold together better when you come to pot it on, making the transfer to the new pot less traumatic for it.

           

          Mike

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            May 26, 2017 7:45 AM (in response to MikeHardman)
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            Hi gsm_dealer08,

             

            I'm glad you've managed to identify your plant, with Mike's help. I was still stuck, but can see that it looks about right to be an Amaranthus, and the seed matching is confirmation I think.

             

            I would agree that it can be tempting to repot a bit early or into too large a size, certainly the root system should be at least reasonably well developed before you do. The plant looks nice and healthy, so no reason why it shouldn't thrive.

            It can go outside now if you like, if you're in a frost pocket just keep an eye on the forecast ( yes I know it's hot at the moment ! )

             

            Lucy

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