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Feb 7, 2017 5:55 AM CST
bought three dragon trees together months ago. They did so well during summer but when winter kicked in the leaves started yellowing and going brown. I thought I may have over watered as soil was constantly damp and didn't dry out. So I repotted I noticed when I did this that there were not many roots on any of the trees. I repotted with dry soil and in a bigger pot. I moved to a warmer room and more sunlight but the leaves started browning even quicker and all leaves died on the smallest tree. I've moved back to original room and the big tree is now dying . only the middle sized tree is ok. What have I done wrong and can I save it?
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Name: Daisy I
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Feb 7, 2017 11:00 AM CST
You overwatered and rotted the roots.
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Name: tarev
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Feb 7, 2017 11:14 AM CST
Agree with Daisy..but there is still hope for that. Give it time. Just remove the rotted out leaves, and if you can add pumice to your media so it dries out faster. It is a low light plant, and at this point it needs to grow new roots, so do not put in direct sun. It did not really need a bigger container, it just needed the media to dry out faster. It is also a drought tolerant plant, so it needs the dry out part before watering again. Grown indoors, that drying out part at root zone takes much longer.

But just keep it in where it is now, if it seems to be recovering. Do not give any fertilizer. Just allow the plant to recover from all the over watering and repot shock. Hopefully it will try to grow new nubbins at the tip end. Some would try to chop off the tip a bit, don't know if you can easily do a cut on the tip, so it will somehow trigger new leaf growth below the cut off part. Then you can put some candle wax on the exposed fresh cut part, to help seal it. New growth hopefully will come out one node below cut off part.
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