January 7, 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?
January 14, 2011
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.