purpleinopp said:I can totally understand wanting it to be healthy and beautiful! : ) Hopefully moving it to a pot that drains will help. This will allow you to add enough water so the soil is moist throughout without any dry spots, and the excess will drip out, and fertilizer or water substances like minerals or chlorine can't buildup in the soil.
hlutzow said:What sort of light is it getting? Giving it more light could help with any potential overwatering, especially in a pot without drainage holes.
tarev said:If it were mine, I would repot to a container with drain holes, while there is still a chance to salvage it.
Drain holes is not just for excess water, it also is a way to flush out excess salt accumulation in
the soil. Filtered water quality varies depends what process was involved, so it may still have inorganic salts.
So I would suggest, repot in a container with drain holes, keep media well draining and porous, position the plant in a warm area away from direct sun, no fertilizers for now since plant is in distress.
Dracaena marginata hates having its roots stay wet much longer than needed. Using a glazed container witn no drain holes retains water way too long than needed by your plant.
It may still recover once promptly repotted in a container with drain holes. That will also give you a chance to examine the condition of the roots at soil level. Good luck!
tarev said:Just to give you an idea how my D. marginata grows in our home.
We found the plant truly enjoyed that corner in my hubby's work from home office. It seems the sustained warmth generated by the computers helped. This room is also the warmest room on our 2nd floor being a southwest room, so with AC running and ceiling fans always running too. My home location is very dry and hot area too so our humidity levels is bad here. There are two windows, the one on the photo is the south facing one...there is another one not on photo which is a west facing one.
The media and container. This container is a self watering container, but i hardly put water on the catch portion below, since the plant has to be kept drier. It still drops leaves but it does so at a normal phase, older.lower leaves naturally die out first. We just water from the top and allow it to dry.
To be honest, my plant is in more danger from our cat, she likes the ribbon-like thin leaves of this plant and for some reason at times she likes sleeping at the base of this plant, that is also why we have the plant in a farside corner of the room to deter our cat a bit.
purpleinopp said:If this was mine, I would take the stump with roots (assuming it doesn't feel mushy and dead) and put it in a new pot with a drain hole, new soil, and stick the pieces of cut stem in there too. Poke them into the soil until the lowest leaf is resting on the soil surface. Then feel how heavy the pot is when dry. Then water gently so the soil doesn't compact, but thoroughly so that all of the soil is moist. Feel how heavy the pot is now. When the soil has dried enough so that the pot feels as light as before you watered, water again.
I think your chunk of trunk could take root in soil also, but would be more likely to rot in water. Others might have different results, but I have very little luck when I've put woody stems of anything in water, including a few Dracaena stems over the years.
purpleinopp said:Happy to suggest. I hope you end up with a lovely, healthy plant in some way or another as soon as possible. You do have a beautiful pot (that I hope you can use for covering a less attractive pot with holes that can be removed when it is time to water, so you can be sure there is not excess water trapped in the bottom.) Used that way, the outer pot also protects your floor or furniture from water damage.
That's a decent start. Best luck! : )
tarev said:At this point it will be a nice experiment to see if the leaf cuttings will form roots. Ideally there should be a part of the branch still attached.to the leaf cutting
But who knows..maybe it will behave like schefflera.cuttings. I have tried rooting in water for those and it worked, just have to be patient and be attentive to replace water often.
Maybe experiment both ways..rooting in water and rooting in soil. And see if either works on leaf cuttings alone.
If it fails do not feel bad...we all do remedial measures at times,..take it as an ongoing learning curve.