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elliecng
Jun 5, 2020 8:10 AM CST
I water this corn plant every 1.5 - 2 weeks or depending on when the soil has dried out. They both recieve equal amounts of sunlight which is indirect but bright. Both plants looked heathy for the last couple of months until all of a sudden the bottom plant became very pale, very thin to touch and droopy.

Can anyone tell me why?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 5, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Your plant is a Dracaena 'Warneckei,' a close relative of the Corn Plant. It is actually two seperate plants in the same pot and the smaller one is declining more rapidly than the taller on.

How far is the nearest uncovered window and what direction does it face?

How deep into the pot does the soil feel dry just before you water?

Have you checked to make sure the inner pot is not sitting in water?

Has the soil shrunk away from the inside of the pot?
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elliecng
Jun 5, 2020 9:58 AM CST
Hi Will,

Oh, my mistake! Thanks for letting me know the ID.

It currently sits around 4 meters away from a a south-east facing window. It gets a lot of light but never direct rays. It used to sit in my very bright north facing bathroom and again received no direct light. This is when it started to decline so I moved it into the living room (I thought the humidity was too much).

I ensure the soil is completely dry at least 2-3 inches deep when I water and the plant never sits in water. I allow the water to drain out every time before placing it back in the outer pot.

Do you think I should remove the smaller plant and repot it separately?

Thanks!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 5, 2020 3:17 PM CST
It definitely needs more light. It should be no more than one meter from your window. That difference in usable light is very significant!

Once you have it in better light., let the top one-inch of soil get dry before you water.

Leave the smaller plant alone. It has a better chance of surviving there than if you try to take it out of that pot. No guarantee it will make it, but it is more likely to fail if its roots are disturbed.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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