The stem seams to grow where old leaves where.The leaves are green with white on the edges but the white turnes to pink with age any ideas I have a picture but I don't know how to upload
It's really hard to say without a picture. Get a www.photobucket.com account (they're free) and you'll have directions for uploading a picture. Use the code in the "tag" area, and put it into your message -- you should see your picture.
I hope this works.
Here is a link that might be useful:
The one with green and red leaves looks like a Cordyline or Ti plant. The orange and white striped one, I'm just not so sure!!!!!