Leaves Turning Yellow On Bauer's Dracaena - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jauregui
June 4, 2002
I recently bought a Bauer's Dracaena and have noticed the leaves starting to turn a little yellow. Does this mean it is getting too much water and does it need supplements? Can it be saved even if I have over watered it in the past?

I also have 3 green plants (I can't remember what they are called) that look like the Dracaena, that started out small in pots but I have brought inside and saved each winter. They are now very large but their leaves are now hanging and some are getting brown streaks through them. I water them at the same time I water the Dracaena so I don't know what is causing it. I would be grateful for any suggestions you could give me. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2002
Dracaena generally loses its lower leaves as the plant grows, so what you describe may be a natural process. If the newer leaves are the ones that are turning yellow, it could indicate over- or under-watering, or under-feeding. Your plants might also be telling you that the water you're using has too much salt in it. Try watering with distilled water, and watering only when the top of the soil has dried out. Then water thoroughly, ocassionally immersing the pot in a larger container of water until no more bubbles rise to the surface. This will drive out any air pockets around the roots. Feed your Dracaena during the growing season with a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer. The above suggestions should help your plants regain their health. Best wishes with your Dracaena.

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