1. Dracaena Plant

Asked by Anonymous - January 6, 2011

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?

  • 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.

2. Why Are My Plants Withering Away

Asked by greenthumb bum - February 16, 2011

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?


3. Reviving Damaged Palm

Asked by Anonymous - March 13, 2011

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.


4. House Corn Plant

Asked by Anonymous - March 15, 2011

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?


5. Deadheading Dracaenas

Asked by Anonymous - April 12, 2011

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


6. Odor Emanating From Newly Purchased Dracena Corn Plant

Asked by Anonymous - May 7, 2011

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.


7. White Spots on Leaves

Asked by Anonymous - July 5, 2011

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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