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May 25, 2020 3:04 PM CST
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San Diego
Hello! So excited to be a part of this community! I have had a Mass Cane Dracaena Plant (started with 4 stalks total) for about two years now. It was potted by an ex boyfriend and I wasn't aware that it did not have a drainage hole until about a month ago (I put one in immediately after discovering it needed one, and added new dry soil. However, I am ashamed to admit I did neglect her quite bit for those two years, and when she did get a watering (rare) it was done outside (maybe that kept the soil from getting toooo too wet? hopefully?). But upon discovering the lack of drainage hole, I also discovered two of the stalks were completely...eaten from the inside out? the skin of the stalk was no longer attached to the stalk itself (picture a dry napkin wrapped around a chopstick) and once peeling the loose skin back, I noticed millions of little Angry larvae Crying (I believe fungus gnat larvae) along with spider mites and mealy bug and who knows what else. After vomiting, I removed the two infected stalks (they lifted right out, basically had no roots) and got rid of them. The two remaining stalks seem healthy enough except there is a strange red/brown film that seems to be acting like a "cap" to the remaining two stalks. I cannot find anything online about these red caps. They are waxy to the touch and don't really have any smell. I have been drenching the two stalks and soil in a neem oil/dish soap/water solution once a week for the last month and it seems to be doing some good. However the red film is still there, and will sometimes "shatter" in appearance after the neem oil spray drys. My green-thumbed neighbor thinks it may be a defensive reaction from the plant. Im hoping i didn't neglect her to the point of no return, or at least hoping to figure out what this red "cap" is. In the pictures you'll notice she's a little naked, I cut off a lot of her badly spotted leaves last month to let her breathe some more. Any help AT ALL is appreciated. Again, I cannot find anything online about it. The closest thing I've found is "leaf mottling" but this red/brown film isn't on the leaves. Thank You!
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May 25, 2020 3:26 PM CST
Thread OP
San Diego
(I keep this plant inside unless i am spraying/watering it)
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May 25, 2020 3:46 PM CST
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San Diego
please help Crying Confused Shrug! Lovey dubby
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May 25, 2020 4:09 PM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
Welcome! to the forum!

The reason the red cap seems waxy is because it IS wax. The growers use the wax to keep the canes from drying out before they develop roots. You can ignore it, I do. You can stop the neem/soap treatment now.

Your plant looks good and the new drainage hole should go a long way toward keeping your plant healthy and happy.

Happy plant parenting!
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May 25, 2020 4:14 PM CST
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San Diego
@CPPgardner wow thank you so so much for your help!! Lovey dubby
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