Pencil Plants

Dead Branch on Pencil Plant

doogie added on January 29, 2012 | Answered

Am I to leave it alone or remove it? This is an extremely old plant with one major stem coming up and branching out into 3 more large branches. For some reason the middle branch looks dead (no growth-changing color, etc. ) I am sick about it. The plant has always been beautiful. Don't know if I should leave it alone or if I am to remove this dead section. Any help would be appreciated.

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Answered on February 5, 2012

If the dead section is yellow or brown, then if should be removed as it is dead and cannot be saved. If it is still green, I would leave it be.

If it is a very old plant, sometimes sections can die off due to old age. But, you may want to make sure it does not need repotted and that it has been fertilized.

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