Dracaena Plant fading and drooping leaves help - Knowledgebase Question

Ontario
Question by TylorLMS
August 25, 2017
I have had a Dracaena Plant for about a month now and some leaves are starting to fade and droop. It is placed in pretty bright sunlight but not direct and i have been watering as needed. I was told once a week but the soil is still easily wet after a week.

What am i doing wrong?
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Ontario
Answer from TylorLMS
August 26, 2017

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Okay thank you guys I'll try to give it more light and water it at a better paise

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Answer from purpleinopp
August 26, 2017

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Healthy Dracaena plants that have the conditions and space to do so grow copious amounts of roots, very quickly. I know this to be true from repotting so many of them.

Whether or not soil retains excess moisture depends on its' composition, and whether or not it has been forced/packed into the pot. When roots have oxygen & moisture at the same time, in a loose soil that is not compacted, they can function to their full capacity and will grow very quickly. When this is the case, the foliage will grow more quickly as well. When the soil is not of a type that would cause roots to rot, quantity of it &/or size of pot are irrelevant, except in regard to a root ball that has run out of space to keep growing, in which case a pot can be too small.

Ontario
A comment from TylorLMS
August 26, 2017
Would you recommend I remove some soil? Or maybe keep it outside in the shade

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Answer from purpleinopp
August 25, 2017

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The conditions in your home will determine how quickly the soil dries, only one of which is time. Picking up the pot could be an easy way to gauge whether the soil has dried significantly. If it is still as heavy as when you just watered, no more moisture is needed at that time.

The lower angle of the leaves is probably in response to reduced light.

Ontario
A comment from TylorLMS
August 25, 2017
Okay thank you so it is nothing I have to worry about? What about the fading leaf colour? Is that from over watering?

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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A comment from DaisyI
August 25, 2017
No, that's from lack of light

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Answer from purpleinopp
August 26, 2017

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Typing that I agree with Daisy, since I can't "like" her response.

Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Answer from WillC
August 26, 2017

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Corn Plants have small root systems that are vulnerable to root rot. The pot that you have yours in is larger than necessary. The excess soil is retaining water for a long time and that is why it is not drying out and that will lead to root rot.

I suggest that you remove any loose soil from the surface that you added on top of the original rootball. It serves no purpose, but it does keep the soil around the roots from getting adequate oxygen.

After removing the loose surface soil, allow the top 2-inches below that to dry before adding just enough water so that the top 2 inches dry out again in about a week.

Every plant is different and cannot be watered by a pre-determined schedule.

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