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Confusion with my Dracaena

Posted by megank413 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 13, 11 at 13:12


I've had my Dracaena (I think it's a cordyline) for almost a year now. Back in July, the bottom leaves started to turn brown, starting seperately at the stem and tip, then a line between the two of them, and eventaully taking over the whole leaf. The leaves would also start to curl while they turned brown. I thought it was root rot, so I pulled out the plant, cleaned off the roots, (brown on the outside and white on the inside, mushy in a few places) and put it in a slightly smaller pot, as the first was way too big. It still continued to turn brown, so I thought the plant was a goner and stuck it in a corner, watering it about once every 2 weeks. Well, it survived and now one of the four stalks is growing new, completely green growth. I'm just worried that if I now touch it, it will start dying again. Currently, it's getting low light and I'm watering it about every 1.5-2 weeks. Should I take off all the brown leaves (make up about 75% of the plant)? Should I try to propogate the green part?

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Confusion with my Dracaena you have a picture of your Dracaena/Cordyline?

Sounds like you over-watered. What size was/are the previous and new pot? Do containers have drainage holes?
If your plant is doing better where it's now located, let it be. check daily.

Cort's are fussier than their Dracaena cousins. Cort's need more humidity and fresh, circulating air. 'Actually most tropicals do,' but some are more demanding.
Leaf curl is known to happen when a plant is overwatered, sitting in muddy soil or over-fertilized.

Can you post a pic? Toni

RE: Confusion with my Dracaena

  • Posted by manda3 8a DFW Texas (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 13, 11 at 14:10

It would be helpful to know a few things. Do you water on a schedule or do you check the soil first? What is your watering process?

It's a very good sign to see the new growth. Your plant is recovering and I would say keep doing what you're doing. You already know that the plant was in too large a pot and the soil was staying wet for too long as you mentioned the mushy roots. Use a sharpened pencil to check the soil. Poke it in about three inches and if the wood is darkened, the soil is still moist.

Clean off any dead and dying leaves. They will never turn green again, it's unattractive, they are doing nothing for your plant, and over time they will attract pests and disease.

If the plant is really unattractive even after recovery, I would say go for it. Propogate the green part. :) It's fun and what are plants if not something pretty to look at?

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