Houseplants forum: Dracaena - yellow spots and drying leaves

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lovlife
Jan 5, 2017 11:20 AM CST
Hi,

Please help me revive this plant. I think it's Dracaena Massangeana, but please correct me if I am wrong. I also think it has been over watered and possibly was under direct sunlight. I just got it three weeks ago.

Currently the plant in an office:
- air is dry, but I spray the leaves every day.
- It's next to a window facing west. There is no direct sunlight, but plenty of natural light.
- I water when the soil moisture meter is at 4 (close to red zone)
- the pot doesn't have a drain hole
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tarev
Jan 5, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Hello lovlife,

Repot to a container with drain holes. I know most would say mist the plant when air is dry, but sometimes, it also attracts fungal issues especially when there is no good air circulation around the plant. So at times, better not to mist, but make sure media gets properly watered, with intervals, and got to use container with drain holes.

lovlife
Jan 5, 2017 3:39 PM CST
Thank you Tarev,

I plan to do that in the spring. Might have to do it earlier I guess.
Is there anything I can do to make it happier in it's current pot? Water only when the soil at the bottom is completely dry?
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tarev
Jan 5, 2017 4:20 PM CST
It will be hard to fully gauge if bottom is completely dry. Ideally I would also do repot in Spring, but the leaves are already showing distress, so I would do repot asap. Typically if plant container is with drain holes, excess water drains out, some moisture still in the soil, and I would just use bamboo skewer to check if it is getting drier, if still too moist, I delay watering. In your case, water is not going anywhere, and being indoors, dry out time is getting longer too.

If you want, try to see the conditions of the roots, dig a bit and see, also if the base of the stem is still firm or already starting to feel soft. Once it is going mushy, base rot is setting in, and roots would have been rotted out too. Without roots to drink water, it will manifest similarly in the leaves, going yellow and foliage death.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jan 5, 2017 10:44 PM CST
Repot it now! It is a house plant. Spring has nothing to do with it. Yes, drain holes. It is not getting enough light. Misting is a waste of time. Please be nice to it and find a better place for it. Gene

lovlife
Jan 6, 2017 12:11 PM CST
I plant to repot ASAP.

Can you please be more specific regarding:
- more light - does it need direct sunlight? what if I just pull my blinds all the way up?
- find a better place - more air flow? less dry air?....

Did I get it right - it's a Dracaena Massangeana?
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tarev
Jan 6, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Not too much direct sunlight, position just a few feet away from your window. Think of it enough bright light you can still clearly read something. Sure you can open up your blinds especially in winter. I tend to cover my windows more during summer time, when light is much more intense and duration is much longer.

By airflow, usually with my plants after watering them, I run my ceiling fan a bit, just to simulate breeze. I find my plants like it whether grown in soil or grown as orchids. Oftentimes indoor air seems too dry and stale. And do your watering when needed during the day, so enough time for water to drain through.

Yes, you got the plant name right.

lovlife
Jan 16, 2017 4:26 PM CST
TADA !!! - new pot with drain hole.
I hope my plant will like it.
How long do you think I need to wait until I see changes for the better?
Will the yellow spots on the leaves start turning green or those leaves are doomed?

I also re-potted the plants roots much higher. Added more soil under and less on top of the roof system.

Will post new pictures in a couple of weeks :)

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 16, 2017 4:33 PM CST
Hi lovlife, looks good!

Those yellowed leaves will just continue on to go brown and eventually die off. It will just grow new ones at the tip. Give it time, it takes awhile for them to get acclimated to new set-up.

Sometimes, the plant may just make a new growth point anywhere on that stem, but usually nearer the existing stem cut off point.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jan 16, 2017 4:49 PM CST
General rule for replanting any plant: Make the soil line just where it was not higher or lower. Gene

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