Dracaena Plants

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  7. White Spots on Leaves
Asked by Anonymous on January 7, 2011
Dracaena Plant

I’ve been trying to figure out what the small, about 2-foot high, tree in my living room is. It looks from pictures to be a Dracaena fragrans. It was left behind by a neighbor and clearly turning brown and dying. I’ve been trying to save this plant for several months but don’t know what I’m doing wrong. There are still some green leaves, but for the most part they are brown or brown on the outside and green in the middle. Should I cut the brown leaves off?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Go ahead and cut the brown leaves off. Dracaena fragrans is one of those plants that is often killed by overcare. In other words, you could be killing it with kindness. Water the plant only when the soil is dry about an inch down into the potting soil. The plant should recover on its own if you water it as it needs.

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Asked by greenthumb bum on February 16, 2011
Why Are My Plants Withering Away

I have 2 Dracaena Anita’s that will not survive in my house! They continue wither and fall off! How can I prevent this from happening again?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

These plants are normally killed by too much care. I suspect that they have root rot from overwatering. This article will help you check for that:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

Allow the soil to become a little dry between watering to help prevent root rot on this plant.

It might also be fluoride in the water causing this. You may want to try switching to distilled water for watering.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 13, 2011
Reviving Damaged Palm

I have a Dracaena palm that has been damaged by the recent cold weather. All the leaves have fallen off, and I want to know if I should cut off the tops of the palms to get them to grow back. They are all shriveled. Please help! I think it is a Black Knight type.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds this spring but only those as they will not come back. Do not remove green fronds. Other than this, I would leave it be and let it regrow. These articles will help you as well:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 15, 2011
House Corn Plant

I have a corn plant that has just grown too tall (4 feet or so). It has never lost any of the bottom leaves, so it doesn’t look like it’s on a stalk. Should I cut all the bottom leaves off of it and pull off the top new growth?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you want it to look more stalk like, you can strip the lower leaves. It will not hurt the plant. As long as you nip the top in some way, how much you cut the top is up to you.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 13, 2011
Deadheading Dracaenas

I have a Dracaena and there are a few leaves that are yellow and look dead. How do you deadhead this kind of plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can simply cut the yellow leaves off of the stem. Leave the green ones intact.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 7, 2011
Odor Emanating From Newly Purchased Dracena Corn Plant

I just purchased a Dracena corn plant. At home I noticed that the canes were coated with a green substance and the plant was emitting a moldy (musty) odor, which is now permeating throughout the house. I washed it down with a soapy water mix and was able to remove most of the green substance. However, the odor persists.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like the plant has root rot and what you smell is the roots decomposing. There is not much that can be done to help the plant, but this article may help:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

If it smelled like that when you bought it, I would return it to the store. They over watered it and this is what caused the root rot.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 5, 2011
White Spots on Leaves

My plant is similar to a corn plant. The leaves are long and slender and have white spots on them. It appears to be ‘in’ the leaf rather than ‘on’ the leaf. It is growing and the new leaves also have the white spots. The petunias I planted next to where it sits also have the white spots now. Definitely not mold, or at least I can’t remove the spot. I currently have the plant on my deck, but it doesn’t get direct sun. I am gone in the winter but have a waterer. However, there are many, many dead leaves when I return. Am I missing a nutrient? But then why have the annuals developed the same type of thing? Help!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It could be from water spots associated with overhead watering or splashing of the leaves. Limiting overhead watering will help with this water spots.

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