The Q&A Archives: care for my Dracaena

Question: Hi! I bought a Dracaena from HD about six months ago. I keep indoors and keep the soil moist, it gets good light exposure throughout the day. It was thriving, then outgrew itself on one side- i tied a very small stick to the weakest branch to support it as it grew, and then whole plant started to yellow and brown at the tips. It's been two months now and it's lost lots of leaves, looking sad :(

Answer: Things don't sound good for your dracaena! What you describe sounds like the entire plant is collapsing, which is something associated with root rot. You may be able to save the plant by unpotting it and repotting it in fresh potting soil and then pruning it back to encourage healthy new growth. Water your plant thoroughly and then allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Dracaenas can stand dry soil for a day or two so be careful not to overwater. I water mine thoroughly and then pick up the pot to see how heavy it feels. Then I periodically pick up the pot to see how light it is becoming. When it weighs about half as much as it did when it was freshly watered I know it needs to be watered again. This might work for you. Hope this helps your plant regain its health.

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