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South Central Indiana (Zone 6a)
Oct 21, 2020 8:55 AM CST
My Draceana plant has been doing fine for the last 6 mon. and for reasons unbeknownst to me, it starts dying. The leaves fall from the bottom like crazy, even new leaves. 2 of the branches became soft (rotten?) at the tip and had to be cut off. It's happening to another branch as shown in the picture. I don't water the plant until the top 1 inch or so of the soil is dry. What's happening to the plant?

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Oct 21, 2020 12:25 PM CST
Has the duration of indirect light and temps changed in that area? With my Dracaena marginata, what I noticed is, as long as there is sustained warmth around it, and there is still good bright light, it will continue to thrive. Good to hear you are practicing watering intervals, it really likes to be on the drier side. You may want to consider raising your plant container a bit higher so the leaves can get more bright light, especially at this time of the year when light intensities and duration is getting shorter.

It took me awhile to find a good spot for my Dracaena marginata again since one of our cats also loves to torture this poor plant and always finds ways to sleep at its base or mangle the leaves.

In 2016, it is getting too leggy, trying to seek more light, and I have not yet propped it in a higher stand.
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Dracaena marginata in Jan 2019, in that corner, raised a bit higher to see more light and there is some residual heat from the television.
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Have moved it upstairs ever since we got our cat Jewel, she loves to play with this plant. And she always finds a way to be around it.
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And this time around, with my hubby doing work from home, it seems the plant thrived in that corner where it gets a lot of residual heat from the computer monitors and laptop. This room is the warmest room upstairs being a southwest facing room as well. The plant is in that farthest corner from the windows and there is ceiling fan running too along with AC as needed.

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South Central Indiana (Zone 6a)
Oct 22, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Tarev, thank you so much for your response. I appreciate your insights and advice.
The plant has been sitting at the same spot for the past 6 month, and no significant change has been made that I can think of.

The plant is really dying. In a matter of 1 day (since my last post), whole bunch of leaves have dropped, and another branch tip became soft and bending. I may have to pull it out :-(

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