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May 3, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hi everyone,

I have 4 neglected Dracaenas marginata - they are almost dried out. They were getting little water being left in the office for a month or so and then I transported them from the office to home and in the process their leaves fell off (It was a cold day and I walked home for about 30 min carrying them).

I am trying to figure out how to help them. I would like to repot them today after cleaning their roots of mushy soil and replace the soil. Should I cut their stems to get rid of the dried out parts? One of them still has its leaves, what should I do with that one?

Thank you so much in advance for all your advice.
Best regards,
Orchid


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May 3, 2020 12:54 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
They all appear to be in rather poor condition. Any that have shriveled or soft stems just above the soil will not recover. If the upper portions of stem are shriveled, cut those back to where there is some healthy stem tissue remaining.

Repacing the soil is the worst thing you could do for them. If the soil is soggy you will have to wait for the soil to dry out naturally. One thing that may help is to remove any loose soil from the top that is not in immediate contact with the uppermost roots.

Keep them in a warm, sunny location.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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May 3, 2020 1:00 PM CST
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
[quote="WillC"]Thank you you much for your response and for your help! I

will take your advice and watch them closely. I hope at least some of them can recover. I felt so bad all their leaves fell, but I did not want to take a chance leaving them at the office with no water for one more month.

Best regards,
Orchid
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May 4, 2020 7:31 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
You've done your best. Crossing Fingers!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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