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AlexMurdoch
May 3, 2020 4:43 AM CST
Hi we found this beautiful Dragon Tree abandoned in street at start of Lockdown 5 weeks ago. Trimmed brown edges and seems happy but lots roots coming through bottom of pot.
Shall I repot?
Also wondering what brown spots are on lower leaves.
An aerial root also on soil - should I cover it?
Thanks for your thoughts.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 3, 2020 6:07 AM CST
A few roots poking is not an emergency repot signal.
Great find!
How often do you have to water it?
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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AlexMurdoch
May 3, 2020 7:25 AM CST
sallyg said:A few roots poking is not an emergency repot signal.
Great find!
How often do you have to water it?


Yes so maybe I should leave it this year? I guess it's had enough stress.
Seems to want watering every week to 10 days. Am letting it get quite dry first as I think the brown tips were to do with overwatering from it's past? That right? Yes a great find. Apparently people have abandoned plants to move out of the city. (London)
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
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sallyg
May 3, 2020 7:35 AM CST
AlexMurdoch said:

.. Apparently people have abandoned plants to move out of the city. (London)

gosh..
i guess if one has a choice to go to a less dense area..

or maybe the plant had a third cane at one time, and they didn't like the offcentered look..

i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 3, 2020 9:18 AM CST
Great rescue! No need to repot or to cover the exposed root; it will soon develop a bark-like covering to protect it. Lower leaf discoloration and dieback is normal.

Someone else's panic has become your gain! Hurray!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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AlexMurdoch
Oct 9, 2020 11:18 AM CST
sallyg said:A few roots poking is not an emergency repot signal.
Great find!
How often do you have to water it?


Yes so maybe I should leave it this year? I guess it's had enough stress.
Seems to want watering every week to 10 days. Am letting it get quite dry first as I think the brown tips were to do with overwatering from it's past? That right? Yes a great find. Apparently people have abandoned plants to move out of the city. (London)

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