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Name: mike
toronto canada
Jan 31, 2016 3:06 PM CST
Hello my name is Mike and I've recently become addicted to adding house plants to our home and I love it but I am totally new to taking care of these beautiful plants. I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of question but I want to start with my "song of india". I got it from a nursery about a month ago and they repotted it for me and it was so lucius and full when I brought it home. I read that it has to be in a well lit area so I did that as best as I can considering its winter and I'm in Canada. I also have been letting it dry out before I water it. The bottom 8 inches or so of leaves have fell off and I'm worried I'm killing this guy lol...any help we be greatly appreciated thank you
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Name: Karen
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Jan 31, 2016 3:18 PM CST
Welcome! Hello Mike,
I haven't grown it in my house, but I do have one in my greenhouse. Normally dracaena's can lose their bottom leaves. They do that and then grow new ones. If I see a yellowing leaf, I pull it off to keep it looking nice.

I would keep it moist and never let it try out too much. Don't keep it sopping wet though! They love high humidity. Keep a spray bottle nearby and give it a mist a few times a day. They like their temps to be between 60 to 80F.

They like bright light but no direct sun.

Make sure the soil mix is fast draining. I usually would re-pot it every 2 to 3 years.

Feed every four weeks from April until September using a 10-10-10 diluted liquid fertilizer

I'm sure your new houseplants look great! Plants really make a home in my opinion.
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Name: tarev
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Jan 31, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Hi Mike, to me your plant is behaving normal as it should indoors during winter. It is usual for tropicals to slow down a bit in winter and to drop the older leaves below. The plant is just shedding the older leaves below and trying to provide for the top part. It will return to its usual vigor in Spring. Just make sure you do not make that plant sit in water. New growth comes at the tips. Looking at it, the top part looks lush and happy. Smiling
Name: Hetty
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Jan 31, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Welcome! Mikro!
I agree on misting it. They like a humid atmosphere.
Name: Elaine
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Jan 31, 2016 3:27 PM CST
May I add that if the plant is fairly new to you, as it sounds, it may be having a little bit of transplant shock from being re-potted as well as reacting to a totally new environment in your home. It probably grew to this size in a greenhouse, so adding some humidity will surely help.

Good advice from both Karen and tarev on this. Give it a few months, and don't panic - those are pretty good, tough plants and aren't all that easy to kill. Do keep an eye out for insect pests, checking with a magnifying glass in the leaf axils (where the leaf meets the stem) and undersides of leaves once in a while to be sure . That's one thing that can get out of control somewhat, if you're not looking for it.

Keep us posted.

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