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Question: I purchased two Bauers Dracaena this past summer through a local greenhouse and one of the two is slowly losing its leaves. I had it outside during the summer and it was doing great. I brought it in before it got too cold, now it seems to be slowly dying. Or is it going dormant? The other Dracaena is doing great! I have it in front of a well lit window with the soil well watered. It drops on average two leaves everyday. Will it eventually grow back more leaves? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!


Answer: Dracaena is a medium-light houseplant; the site you describe sounds just fine. I suspect the plants are adjusting to life indoors where temperature, humidity and light levels are different than they were experiencing indoors. Dropping of lower leaves is normal; you'll eventually end up with a tall, bare stems and a topknot of foliage. This is the nature of dracaena's growth. You can cut the stems back in the spring and have two new stems with foliage along their lengths. Next winter they will again drop their lower leaves. Dracaena won't go dormant indoors so if growth completely stops or the plants lose all their leaves, cut the main stem back and two new stems should develop. Best wishes with your dracaena's!

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