Ask a Question forum→HELP! My dracaena plant is losing lots of leaves. Yellow and brown spots.

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jante
Jun 12, 2020 7:43 AM CST
Hi there,

I'd really appreciate any help diagnosing what's wrong with my poor plant!! My Dracaena is not doing too well and has been losing 2-3 leaves EVERY DAY for the past five days :((

Overall, the plant looks really healthy besides this. The leaves are suddenly turning yellow and falling off (like overnight). Some leaves have little brown spots on it and are falling from the base of the leaf stem.

I really don't think it's because of overwatering because I'm really cautious about that ://

Some more information
- I haven't moved the plant
- The soil isn't too dry, a little moist so it might require watering in a few days
- There's still new growth happening
- Haven't fertilized. I think maybe some plant food a month or two ago
- I usually put my grow light on the plant (for like the past 2 months) in case it doesn't get enough light
- I live in a basement apartment
- There is ANOTHER plant close by experiencing the same symptoms (which I'm sure you'll see in another post haha)

Any help would be appreciated! I've had this plant for like a year and it's never had issues like this before <3
JM

These are the leaves that died last night...

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 12, 2020 12:56 PM CST
I suspect your Marginata is simply losing older, lower leaves as it continues to add heallthy new ones. In limited light, it can support just a limited number of leaves. In addition, its normal for some older leaves to die back as they age.

Improper watering can aggravate the leaf loss, but overall you plant appears to be healthy and well cared for.

Does it get any natural light?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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New Haven, CT
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jante
Jun 12, 2020 12:58 PM CST
Yes, it gets a little natural light. I've had it in this spot for 3 months now and it seems to enjoying it (besides this)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 12, 2020 1:02 PM CST
The lack of great light has finally caught up with it. Not a concern, but you can probably expect about the same number of lower leaves dying as new leaves emerging from now on.
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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