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May 9, 2020 4:46 AM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
Hi I recently brought this dragon tree .. any tips for caring for it please ? And does it look healthy?? Should the leaves be droopy ? Or should they be upright ?? Many thanks
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May 9, 2020 7:46 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Your Dracaena massangeana is more commonly called Corn Plant. It looks healthy. The gently arching leaves are normal.

Keep it in the same pot and leave the roots and soil undisturbed. Let the top 1-2 inches of soil get dry to the touch before adding just enough water so that it becomes dry again within two weeks.

It does best in bright but indirect sunlight protected from the direct rays of the sun.

It grows slowly so be patient.
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May 10, 2020 5:33 AM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
I wished I had read your reply before .... as I actually repotted it the other day .. I hope I haven't damaged it , I just thought the pot it was in was too small.. wished I had left alone now ! X
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May 10, 2020 8:01 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
You have lots of good company, Nadine. Unnecessary repotting is the most common of all plant care mistakes.

Did you leavee the original rootball intact when you repotted or did you remove some of that soil?
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May 10, 2020 2:08 PM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
that good to know I am not alone and the the only one who makes this mistake of repotting, I just thought the pot it was in looked a little too small for it ...
I did try to keep the soil around the roots untouched as much as possible.. I guess it will take a few weeks to find out if I have done any damage or possibly killed it ?
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May 10, 2020 2:43 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
If the rootball and original soil are still mostly intact, you could consider undoing the repotting you did by gently removing just the soil you added and carefully putting the original rootball back in its original pot. But only do that if you can limit any additional damage to the existing roots.

Otherwise, be very careful not to overwater. Remove any soil you added to the top of he original rootball. Then allow the top 1-2 inches of remaing soil to dry before watering lightly.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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May 10, 2020 4:56 PM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
Is it really bad to repot these then?
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May 11, 2020 5:22 AM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
@WillC is it really bad to repot these then? Thanks for your help
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May 11, 2020 8:38 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Yes. This is a plant that has a relatively small root system that grows slowly in indoor locations so they rarely need repotting. That might not be the case if it was growing in a greenhouse environment, but yours is not.
Will Creed
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May 11, 2020 9:52 AM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
@WillC I guess I will know in a couple of weeks if I have done any damage and possibly killed it off,I do hope not as it's a lovely plant ... I certainly won't be reporting it in the near future .. I did notice that it hardly any roots,for such a large plant I was expecting a large root system that's why I repotted it,thinking it was a large plant,must have lots of roots..just go to show I have a lot to learn, thank you for taking the time to help and reply best wishes
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May 11, 2020 10:01 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
That is a common misperception that the size of the plant above the soil is indicative of the root system.

My rule of thumb for repotting in general is that when a plant needs a thorough watering more than twice per week, then it is ready for a pot one size larger. No need to inspect the roots, check the calendar, or wait for roots to emerge through the drain holes.
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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May 12, 2020 12:47 AM CST
Blackpool ,Lancashire, united
@WillC i definitely will be using your rule of thumb when a plant needs a thorough watering more than twice a week,then its ready for a pot one size larger...
Thank you once again for your help....i will update you in a few weeks to let you know if my corn plant manages to make it through...kind regards
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May 12, 2020 6:57 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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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