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Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

Posted by TyFloyd UK (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 15, 13 at 21:29

Hello! I need your expert advice... I have had my dracena 'lemon lime' for approx 10 years. It has grown to a height of about 3ft but at least 2ft of it (the bottom 2ft) is just completely brown, wilted and dry leaves on the stalk. I now know (after reading this forum) that I need to mist it daily, don't overwater it and keep it out of the sunlight to avoid this happening. However, regarding the damage already done, is there anything I can do? i think I read somewhere once that the entire top (green part) of the plant can simply be cut off and the stalk put into a bucket of water until it forms new roots. Is this correct? Can anyone please advise me on this - I don't want to kill the poor thing, but it looks so forlorn right now I want to do something. Or should I strip the brown leaves off the stalk? Thanks, in advance.


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

many draceanas leaves die back on the lower portion of the plant. If yours are brown and try you can remove them all the way up to the green leaves. Then you'll have a stalk:)

you can propagate them the way you said. You can even root and grow stalks so you could technically cut your plant into many different lengths of stalks (depending on how much of the plant you wish to cut is) also if you decide to propagate it you can keep the original stem roots and all in the same pot and it will resprout (usually with more heads then one) and it will regrow.

Unlike many people with these plants i dont mist mine. Once a month he gets a shower to remove any dust that may have accumulated on its leaves.

it may also help if you can post a picture just to eliminate a couple probabilities (if the trunk is actually dying etc)


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

Hi and thanks for helping me and my 'old friend' the dracena. Here is the photo as requested. So, if I understand you correctly:
(a) I can cut off the entire top, put it in water and it will grow new roots and I can then transplant it into a new pot; and
(b) the bottom of the stalk that is left in the original pot will grow a new head?
Please let me know if I've got that right. Do you know how long it takes for the new roots to form? Is it best to use water or some kind of hormone formulation, or both? (As you can tell I am a gardening novice!)
(BTW I think I overestimated the size in my original posting - it is more like 2ft tall, not 3ft.)
Many thanks, again.


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

you can remove all those dead leaves :) You may like the look of it and not cut off the top.

1. Yes you can cut the top off and root it in water. You could actually put it right back into the pot in soil and it will root just fine as well.

2. Yes the stalk will regrow. If you p,lace the cutting in the pot you'd eventually have a much bushier plant since the growing tip would cover some of the stalk while it re-grows.


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

Misting can cause more problems than it's worth... Dracaenas are all quite sensitive to tap water chemicals.


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

Huge (and belated) thanks again for all your advice. I am going to try re-rooting it this weekend. I did once trim all the dead leaves off, years ago when it was much smaller, but it looked very odd, sort of 'wounded'. I have a water filter that removes all the chemicals from the tap water so it will hopefully tolerate a weekly misting in its new pot.


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

TyF. Root the top, but don't toss the bottom. 'Unless you don't want duplicates.'
The bottom trunk will grow new leaves. Toni


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Agreed. Here's a stump growing 3 new tops.


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

Morning All,

Ty...I see new growth halfway down the trunk.
Soil, in pic 1, looks a little too dry.
Lower Dracaena leaves brown, not only from age, but when soil dries for prolonged periods.

Purp, you are too funny. How many TC do you have? Do each have different color flowers?

Was it you who said you couldn't get TC's to bloom? Toni


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

Thanks for the tips! I will definitely keep the 'stump' in its pot and see if it grows a new head (or heads!). That would be nice. I think the one bit of new growth you can see halfway down the stalk is just one half-green leaf that escaped turning brown somehow. I will water the plant more frequently in future, too - I thought the instructions had said not to water it until the top was dry to the touch, but perhaps that's incorrect and possibly the reason why it's been half brown all these years. A lot to learn - thankfully my 'old friend' seems to be very forgiving!


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RE: Ailing Dracena 'Lemon Lime'

my draceana doesn't like to stay moist at all. i do wait between waterings, letting it dry out completely between. they dont like to stay wet. :)


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