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rkovac
May 3, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Hi!

I have an indoor Dracaena lemon lime plant that I've had for almost a year. There are two plants within the same pot (12in diameter and 10in depth). The plants went through a recent growth spurt (I live in Ottawa and our long winter is finally over). The taller of the two is 2.5 ft tall and grew ~ 11in in the last 2 months. I've noticed that the taller plant of the two has started to lean considerably and I can easily (gently) push a few inches to a more upright position. I'm worried that something is wrong with the roots? It just seems like it needs some support. I'm not able to wiggle the shorter of the two plants, it is sturdy and rooted well. Both plants have nice green foliage and a considerable amount of foliage that crisscrosses between them. I water it when the soil seems dry on the top (once every 1.5-2 weeks at the moment). I water with tap water that has sat at room temperature for at least 24 hr. The pot has drainage holes. I added fresh soil to the top of the pot a few months ago.

My instinct is to add more compact soil around the base of the plant and water it thoroughly in case it isn't getting enough water? I use Vigoro all-purpose potting mix.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Radmila
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 3, 2020 12:25 PM CST
Your plant is simply spreading out a bit in a very natural way. There is nothing wrong with it or its roots. If it troubles you, push the leaning stem to the vertical and then tamp the soil down tightly around its base to hold it in place. Or insert a short sturdy stake at its base to hold it straighter.

Your plant is healthy and your care appears to be on target, so don't fix what doesn't need fixing by changing your care.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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rkovac
May 3, 2020 12:34 PM CST
WillC said:Your plant is simply spreading out a bit in a very natural way. There is nothing wrong with it or its roots. If it troubles you, push the leaning stem to the vertical and then tamp the soil down tightly around its base to hold it in place. Or insert a short sturdy stake at its base to hold it straighter.

Your plant is healthy and your care appears to be on target, so don't fix what doesn't need fixing by changing your care.


That's relieving to hear! Thank you :)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 3, 2020 12:37 PM CST
Enjoy!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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