sunburned dracaena

teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)May 18, 2013

can i help it!

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christine1950

I think so, teen you are so good with all your plants, what happened? This is one plant that doesnt like our NY sun :>( I'd just leave it alone for a few days, I know I dont have to tell you to keep it away from any sun light for now until it recovers. The way you love plants this one will recover with all your TLC.....

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 3:04PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

i didnt burn it, my mom put it outside to get sun after winter. i told her time and time again, dont touch without asking. does she listen................. NO!!!!!i!!!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 7:21PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Sorry that happened! Frustrating, no doubt, especially on a Drac. Only the leaves with visible burn spots should be damaged. I'd wait a few days to see what's what, then trim to suit your eye as necessary. Cold did a similar thing to one of mine a while back, luckily they're not ALL so sensitive (to either thing.)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 7:34PM
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tropicbreezent

Dracaenas can take full sun, but not a sudden shift from shade to sun. The damage will only be cosmetic and new leaves will soon replace the damaged ones.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 11:02PM
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alisonoz_gw

Yes unfortunately you won't save those damaged leaves but I'd just let it grow on, esp the top leaf, and not trim that as it'll be more obvious right now.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:22AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Okay. Thanks for the help

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 10:40AM
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stewartsjon

As Tropicbreezent says, dark Dracaenas like this (it's a Janet Craig, right?) can adapt to high light but sudden change to bright light will do this, especially to the newest growth. Cut the damaged bits off (maybe use as an excuse to prune whole heads off?) and it will recover.

We had a beautiful one in a client's office that was moved from shade to full sun and had to be binned because the whole of one side was ruined.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 8:01AM
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