Hello Thanks for your interesting emails. I was wondering if you can help me identify a houseplant I have inherited!! I have been looking at various sites including yours and think it is either a Ti Plant or from the Croton family, not sure which. I have absolutely no idea how to care for it. I have attached a picture; it has a stem that feels "woody" and the underside of the leaves are a purple colour. I would be grateful for any information on this plant, like how often should I feed and water? and does it like direct or shaded light?? Some of the leaves went brown and died so I cut them of and you can see one of the leaves is changing colour; do I need to re-pot it or does it prefer to be pot bound? Many thanks Michael Ratcliffe email@example.com
It appears to be a Kaempferia. This will prefer bright, but indirect light. Slightly moist, but never sopping wet soil, and warm temperatures.
It appears to be a little on the wet side, which has led to a fungal infection. You will need to treat with a fungicide. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm
This article will help you with the care of the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ornamental-ginger/grow-peacock-ginger-plants.htm
top side leaf - gold colored caterpillar shaped spot, varying lengths. underside leaf - appears to look like a many segmented skeletonized caterpillar living between the top and bottom layers of the leaf.
It is hard to say, exactly, which pest that will be. It is definitely larval damage, though. Usually broad spectrum pesticides will be effective enough to prevent further issues.
Here are some articles that will help: