Ask a Question forum: dracaena marginata - drooping with brown spots

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New York, New York
Sep 23, 2020 2:59 PM CST
Hi - I've had my dracaena marginata for a few weeks now. I've been watering it about once a week and it receives bright light for a few hours each day. The leaves are starting to droop and some brown patches have started forming.

What can I do to revitalize it?
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Sep 23, 2020 4:01 PM CST
I have this plant and I let it dry out completely, maybe overwatering ?
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Sep 23, 2020 5:06 PM CST
The growth habit of your Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) looks fine. When grown in the high light situations of a greenhouse, or outdoors, the leaves will grow in a more upright habit but when growing as a houseplant in the lower light of indoor situations, the leaves will attain a more downward growth habit.

Does the pot have drainage holes? Yellowing, drooping and falling leaves can definitely be a sign of a water issue; either the soil staying too wet, or too dry. If the plant is growing in a dense, moisture retaining potting medium and you are watering once a week, that's likely not enough time for the soil to dry sufficiently. When a heavy/dense type of potting medium is being used, the oxygen at root level is depleted and rot can occur.

Dracaena are said to be quite sensitive to fluoride and other chemicals found in tap water, so many people who grow them use rain water or distilled water.
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