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Spaghettipoodle
Feb 25, 2017 8:18 AM CST
I'm actually not sure what kind of plant this is but I have had problems with it since I got it 2 years ago. It's in a east facing window. I've actually had it in 3 windows- west, north and always out of direct sunlight. Doesn't seem to do better in any exposure. I water it well every other week and it's in a pot with drainage. As you can see it has brown tips on the leaves and now it has yellow near the brown which leads me to believe I may have been over watering. Can anyone help?
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plantladylin
Feb 25, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Hi Spaghettipoodle, Welcome! I love your username, very cute! Smiling

Your plant reminds me more of Dracaena than of Yucca. Dracaena has softer, more pliable leaves than the Yucca. We have lots of photos in our database for comparison:

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans 'Janet Craig')

Here's one Yucca for comparison that does look a bit similar but the leaves on your plant don't look as stiff as Yucca:
Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea)

The yellowing and browning of leaves may be due to too much sun or possibly lack of humidity.
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plantmanager
Feb 26, 2017 1:16 PM CST
I agree with Lin. It's a corn plant. I had one for years in a very dark entry hall with no light except from windows across the room. I watered it every 2 weeks and fed it occasionally and the thing grew up to the ceiling. I'm no pro but maybe yours is not happy with the brighter light.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 26, 2017 1:51 PM CST
I'm thinking it may be a water issue; the soil possibly staying too wet. Now that I look more closely at Spaghettipoodles photo, the plants look to be near windows but I see curtains/drapes that would protect them from any direct sun.

I have Dracaena fragrans and Dracaena marginata growing in the ground in my Florida yard, where they receive very bright light but are protected from direct sun by many large trees. Bright light is fine but direct sun will definitely burn the leaves.
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tarev
Feb 26, 2017 4:45 PM CST
I agree, that is a Dracaena. Dracaena's are quite drought tolerant, so it is highly possible you have been overwatering, especially during the cooler months, they do slow down in growth.

Spaghettipoodle
Feb 26, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Thank you all!! I will let it dry out and see if it improves. If not, I'll put it in a darker spot. Thanks again!

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