browning tips - Knowledgebase Question

Lakewood, Co
Question by kandykayk
September 6, 2009
I have had a three foot bicolor dracaena for about three weeks now. I did not feed yet becuase I planted it in miracle grow potting soil, I water it daily as it requires, give it 6 hours of sun and now the tips on 1/2 of the plant are browning. please tell me whats going on with my baby...

Answer from NGA
September 6, 2009


Brown edges are usually from a buildup of salts in the soil or a reaction to fluoride in the water. You can switch to distilled water to see if that makes a difference. Daily watering might be a bit too much for your plant. Try to let the top of the soil dry out slightly between waterings. If soil is keep too moist, rot can develop. Soggy soils drive out oxygen and plant roots need oxygen as well as moisture. Once you adjust your watering schedule and use filtered or bottled water, the new growth should be fine. You can cut away the browned leaf tips to make the plant look more attractive. Enjoy your new dracaena!

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