Dracaena Plants
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dracaena Moved outside is now drooping

Zone Vermont | Davejoyal added on May 26, 2015 | Answered

Moved this outside along with my ficus benjamina. Ficus is loving it; however, the dracaena marginata is now drooping. It's not over or under watered, and neither get full direct sun. They just get the ambient light from the sky. Why is it drooping like this? And should I move it back in?

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shelley
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Answered on May 26, 2015

Your dracaena probably found its new setting a lot brighter than it's accustomed to inside your home. Outdoor shade is still brighter than most locations inside your home. Ideally, indoor plants should be slowly acclimated to outdoor life. Ficus are a little more adaptable than Dracaena in that respect which is why it's probably doing better. Here is an article on acclimating houseplants that will explain more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/acclimating-houseplants-outdoors.htm

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