Couldn't find these guys in the Unidentifieds yet...

by Irene T.
(New West, BC, Canada)

I'm not sure what these ones are...please help!

Is B a type of crassula? Also, there's a big hole in one of the leaves (plant on the right, leaf would be second from the bottom on the left of said plant)...would I be able to just cut it off (it's sorta in the middle of the plant, kinda awkward).

Plant C just grew from the planter...I had no idea anything was in that spot (looks sorta similar to others posted here, but I'm not sure cos I didn't even know it was in the pot). I'm worried Plant A isn't doing too well.

I need to get a new kind of bulb (I think I have a CFL bulb - all my red/burgundy sempervivums hate that light and all died...anything left is green...).

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Mar 10, 2015
Good Try
by: Jacki

Good try with the picture, but this system has resized it so much that it's almost impossible to see them clearly. Plant A, I can't tell you. Plant B looks more like some kind of Setcreasea, and C and D look like Crassula, but it's so small and fuzzy and they're so drawn to the light that I can't be sure. Sorry!

One tiny compact fluorescent bulb won't be enough to give them the light they need. The light has to be within a few inches of the top leaves (don't worry, most fluorecent lights don't produce much heat so it won't burn them).

Now that spring is arriving (any day now) you may find that they do best out on a patio or in the brightest windowsill you have.

If you like, you can send me more pictures that are a little clearer and maybe I'll have better success.

Mar 10, 2015
Maybe these will help
by: Irene T.

Click on the letters to see the image;



C & D:

Mar 11, 2015
Way Better
by: Jacki

The images in your links are much clearer, but I still don't really know what the first one is - are you sure it's a succulent at all? It looks like nothing I can recognize.

The second one, definitely Setcreasea which now goes by other names as well.

So, not really a succulent as such, although it is drought tolerant.

The others are still a bit of a mystery, because they are so out of their characteristic form. More light will help with that.

Make sure you read the page on succulent care

Best of luck with your collection - don't give up yet!

Apr 03, 2015
Well, plant B has grown several inches since..
by: Irene T.

I moved the light lower to my plants. Plant A reacts like the drought tolerant ones, and Plant C is starting to sprout more leaves, sorta, but the main stem has gone pink, and I don't know why. Also, is it normal for succulents to have roots on the stems?

See here

I mean, it's also sprouting tiny shoots with leaf clusters and the roots are appearing in random parts of the stem.

Also, I forget the name of this one, but is it okay that the middle cluster keeps facing the light? I don't have a lot of space, so trying to give them enough light on the greyer days is difficult: here and here.

Apr 03, 2015
It's totally normal
by: Jacki

And very common for these plants to get aerial roots. It's part of how they grow - sometimes the stems fall over and they root along their length into the soil below.

If your light is only coming from one side, it's fine to turn the plants so that each day you turn it one quarter of the way, so in four days it's got light all the way around. That almost looks like it wants to bloom, which could tell you more about what exactly it is.

During the warmer months you can move all these types of plants outside, for more light, but please do it slowly so they get used to it and don't get sunburn.

Jun 11, 2015
Plant C
by: Sophie

Did you ever find out the name? I have had a baby one of these pop up randomly in a pot too and have no idea what it is!


Jun 11, 2015
in the comments
by: Jacki

Sophie, the name of the plant is in the comment close to the top. If I can't identify them completely, I usually try and give at least something to start with.

Mar 23, 2016
Possible ID for B
by: Brenda

B looks like Tradescantia navicularis, the flower has three petals.

Apr 25, 2016
Plant id
by: Sabina

I would say that C and D are some kind of graptopetalum

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