Plant ID forum: ID and care advice please?

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westbeezy
Nov 8, 2015 1:33 PM CST
I have this beautiful plant, but I don't remember what it is called and the leaves are browning, so I'd like to learn the problem!
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Nov 8, 2015 1:40 PM CST
Maybe dracaena fragrans? If so, you are not the only one with this problem....
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1488827/ailing-corn...
I could be wrong...
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 8, 2015 4:40 PM CST
Hi westbeezy, Welcome! to All Things Plants!

I agree that your plant is a Dracaena, we have many listed in our database, some with photos for comparison: http://garden.org/plants/search/text/?q=Dracaena&button=

To my eyes it appears to be one of the varieties with narrower leaves, possibly
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)
Ribbon Plant (Dracaena braunii 'Borinquensis') or perhaps
Song of India (Dracaena reflexa var. reflexa)
Song of India (Dracaena reflexa 'Variegata')

Dracaena prefers bright light but no direct sun which will burn the foliage and they require good drainage so be sure that you are using a lightweight potting medium, or add extra perlite which will help aerate the soil to prevent root rot. Be sure the container that has drainage holes in the bottom so that water is not sitting around the roots and keeping them too wet, which will definitely cause root rot. This plant likes humid conditions and you can raise the humidity levels by sitting the pot on a tray of moist pebbles; just replace the water in the tray as it evaporates ... or you can mist it daily which will raise the humidity around the plant.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Nov 8, 2015 5:15 PM CST
Thanks, lin...at least I got as close as "dracaena"...lol...I've never done houseplants..I would imagine you can plant them outside there, though?...and grow large?
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Nov 8, 2015 5:38 PM CST
Can't say for sure but it looks like Dracaena deremensis warneckii.

http://www.calyxflowers.com/floral-library/content/warneckii...

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dracaena+deremensis+warnec...

The leaves on mine do dry up on the bottom so I pulled them off when they came off easily. They need moist atmosphere, in dry air the tips will dry up. I've had one from a young plant for around 17 years, it got tall and leggy but is still alive with a couple of new offshoots growing from the base so I might have to cut off the lanky stem.

The plant you have looks to already have been cut back, can you see a stump in the middle? If not then it will be several young plants growing in the same pot.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 9, 2015 5:26 PM CST
Dracaenas are sensitive to fluoride in tap water. Lime in tap water can also raise the PH to unhealthy levels. Whenever possible, give distilled, rain, or condensate from a dehumidifier or A/C. Repotting (root prune, replace old soil with new) every year or two also helps keep the roots healthy.
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Name: Dave Paul
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Metrosideros
Nov 13, 2015 11:28 AM CST
It is Dracaena fragrans 'Warneckei', of the Deremensis Group.

http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_8a26.html
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 13, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Looks like Janet and Dave nailed it. Here are more photos for comparison:

Striped Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans 'Warneckei')
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/89347/Dracaena-fragrans-(Derem...
http://gardenaway.com/search/plant_view/dracaena-fragrans-wa...
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