The Q&A Archives: Brown Spots on Draecena

Question: I recently decapitated 2 large stalks on a 10' high dracena corn plant, rooted them in water, and now they're in 2 separate pots. I removed a fair amount of the lower leaves, but the ones now remaining are developing what looks likes large dried-out spots (this problem was evident before surgery.) They are located in the lobby of my office building with high day light, and lots of flourescent lighting. What might I do to help these two beautiful plants?

Answer: Usually dried out areas on dracaena leaves indicate overwatering. The problem may have begun when you rooted the plants in water, but it's just showing up now. As long as the new growth looks good, you should be OK. If the new growth develops these spots, then cut back on your watering. Once the plants are well rooted, they can often go for weeks without water, depending on the temperature, size of the pots, etc. Water them only when the soil is dry down 3 or 4 inches. If some of the lower leaves turn bright yellow, that usually indicates underwatering.

Good luck!

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