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DanielCyral
Feb 19, 2017 6:11 AM CST
I've only had a few plants and have just decided to get into them more. I was gifted this guy form my boss. He didn't know what type of plant. I have all but killed him :(When Googling the best I could find was Butterfly Palm. Is this correct? If not does anyone know?

Thanks in advance!
-Dan
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ScotTi
Feb 19, 2017 6:40 AM CST
Looks like a Dracena Marginata.
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plantladylin
Feb 19, 2017 8:02 AM CST
I agree, Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
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WillC
Feb 20, 2017 2:06 PM CST
It is a D. marginata for sure and it is in very poor shape. Hard to diagnose the cause without having more information about it. The shortest stem is dead and should be cut off completely. The next shortest has a growing tip in poor condition. I suggest cutting that stem down to a height of a few inches. The tallest stem is also looking shaky, but has some promise. Remove its yellow leaves.

This plant needs to be close to a sunny, uncovered window. Check for spider mites. Remove the Spanish moss from the pot. Allow the top quarter of the soil to dry before adding any water. Do NOT disturb the roots by repotting or adding soil. Be patient and keep your fingers crossed.
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DanielCyral
Feb 20, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Thank you all!
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DanielCyral
Feb 20, 2017 8:50 PM CST
The shortest stem feels like it is water logged...it seems like that could be relevant information??
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DanielCyral
Jan 5, 2018 10:31 AM CST
She's in desperate need of help again!

She was back to life and doing well. For around 7 months I had her facing a west facing window with blinds. I'd open the blinds for a couple hours every day or two.

I moved and she was still doing OK. I put her against a south facing window with a film over it - I'd open the door wall and let light in.

Her roots were over growing the pot so I repotted her. Twice there was mold on the dirt so I did some research and made adjustments.

She wasn't doing well so I moved her in the corner of a west facing window. She's never done well in direct sunlight.

Now most of the leaves have fallen off. There is fresh growth on the top so she's still alive but obviously I'm doing something wrong!

I'm still new to plants but I'm in love and want to make sure she stays around!

-Dan
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WillC
Jan 5, 2018 11:39 AM CST
The roots are dying from suffocation with all that extra soil you added when you repotted, which I had advised you against. The appearance of a few roots on the surface or coming out of the drain hole is not an indication that a plant needs a bigger pot. If possible, try to move it back into the pot it was in before you repotted. Getting rid of the excess soil will help the soil dry out sooner and allow air in around the roots. It may be too late to salvage.

Light may also be a contributing factor. I am confused by the light situation you have described. As I mentioned previously, it should be close to a moderately sunny window that is completely uncovered throughout the daylight hours. I believe that your sense that it did poorly in more light is misguided.
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DanielCyral
Jan 6, 2018 9:28 AM CST
I thought not to repot it right away. I waited until she was healthy and for some time. I will change that today.


Sorry if the light situation sounds confusing. I believe the light is right.
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WillC
Jan 6, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Just because a plant is healthy and growing well does not mean it needs regular repotting.
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DanielCyral
Jan 6, 2018 10:32 AM CST
Noted. Will it do the same if I take most of the soil out of this pot? I'm willing to do either one...thinking maybe that will be mess of a shock?
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WillC
Jan 6, 2018 10:45 AM CST
The situation is very dicey now. The plant is in poor shape and there is no easy or right solution. You could try carefully removing the plant from its pot, removing the excess soil you added, and moving it into a much smaller pot. That would be stressful and you might lose the plant. On the other hand, you could leave it in its pot, allow the soil to dry very deep into the pot and maybe it will turn around.
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