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CountingCrows
Oct 15, 2019 11:57 PM CST
What is the reason of wavy leaves on Dracena?

Plant is healthy, it is lush green (might look yellow in pic). No insects, brown/yellow leaves and leaves have been this way for as long as I remember (1 year?). New growth is coming regularly. But even new growth is coming out wavy.

It is getting enough water, I tried increasing it if it is underwatered it did not make a difference. Decreasing it did not make a difference either.

A/C blows over the plant. Pot has no drainage hole. But I have grown healthy dracenas in similiar setup many years.

It has 4 stalks. All of stalks exhibit same problem.

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kniphofia
Oct 16, 2019 12:12 AM CST
Your plant looks fine, "wavy" leaves are completely normal.
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CountingCrows
Oct 16, 2019 1:59 AM CST
kniphofia said:Your plant looks fine, "wavy" leaves are completely normal.


Thanks kniphofia! Are you sure, I had dracenas before that did not have any waviness. Can this be the type of plant?
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Aphria
Oct 16, 2019 2:09 AM CST
The leaves on mine are quote wavy too...
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CountingCrows
Oct 16, 2019 2:17 AM CST
Aphria said:The leaves on mine are quote wavy too...
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So this type of dracena is like this? I had others that had similar sized but straight leaves.
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Aphria
Oct 16, 2019 2:27 AM CST
It's the only dracaena fragrans I have but I believe it was called Golden Coast.
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CountingCrows
Oct 16, 2019 3:04 AM CST
Aphria said:It's the only dracaena fragrans I have but I believe it was called Golden Coast.


I researched it, yes you might be right. But I could not figure out if the stalk is to be thick and woody, or thin and green like what I have.
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JayZeke
Oct 16, 2019 5:39 AM CST
...... Wooooh. I'd be horrifying for you if you saw my dracaena. Your's does not even have brown tips and the "gloss" on her!
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WillC
Oct 16, 2019 11:39 AM CST
The slight waviness to the leaves of your Dracaena 'Lisa' is not a cause for concern. I suspect the intensity of the light it gets that close to the window may be a contributing factor. Below are two that are in lower light - one in a north window with no direct sun and the other under overhead fluorescent lights. They have less waviness than yours.

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Of greater concern is what appears to be some discoloration on the lower leaves. That suggests a soil-related problem. What is your watering routine?

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CountingCrows
Oct 16, 2019 3:52 PM CST
WillC said:The slight waviness to the leaves of your Dracaena 'Lisa' is not a cause for concern. I suspect the intensity of the light it gets that close to the window may be a contributing factor. Below are two that are in lower light - one in a north window with no direct sun and the other under overhead fluorescent lights. They have less waviness than yours.

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Of greater concern is what appears to be some discoloration on the lower leaves. That suggests a soil-related problem. What is your watering routine?



They don't appear to be the same plant, as I have yellow strips on the leaves Will.

The ficus you advised as dead before, is dead. I got a great one, and extremely careful about watering it now.

There is no discoloration on the leaves, it was the way sun was hitting it. All leaves are lush green with yellow stripes on sides.

I water once a month, 2 liters. I think that might be much also, now that I am checking the soil with a gadget. It has been a month and top 2 inches is still moist/wet.

It gets direct sun till 11 AM, it is shade afterwards.
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CountingCrows
Oct 16, 2019 4:03 PM CST
The leaves on yours look the right way. They are thinner than mine, but still...
I don't think the plant like this is normal. I must be doing something wrong.
Great pot, btw!
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 16, 2019 4:24 PM CST
There are MANY variations of dracaena fragrans, but they're all the same specie. I have my dracaena fragrans called 'Corn Plant' outside right now, and it has very wavy leaves. It was at one point getting as much as two hours of direct sun, which I do not recommend because it burnt, but the leaves are indeed very wavy.

Side not: that is not good if your soil is still moist after a month.
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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WillC
Oct 17, 2019 3:23 PM CST
I think you are right about yours being a different cultivar than my Lisa's. The unevenness of the sunlight makes it hard to tell. As long as the yellowing I observed is part of the plant cultivar, then it looks quite healthy and doesn't seem to need any adjustment in its care. But I still think the direct sun may be partially responsible for the waviness you inquired about. But I don't think that is a concern.
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