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Plantsister
Apr 10, 2017 12:13 PM CST
Could you please tell me what this plant is and how to take care of it? It belonged to my sister and when she moved she gave it to me. It looks like it's dying on the top but there is new growth. I'm trying to save it! Help!
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tarev
Apr 10, 2017 12:44 PM CST
It looks like a Dracaena reflexa. Looking at the soil, it looks so compacted and dry. You may want to lighten up the soil with pumice or repot to a new potting soil with good pumice/perlite mixed with it, to allow more air at root zone. It is drought tolerant but not that dry. Ideally, it would be good to water it thoroughly once a week early in the day, so plant is not sitting in too wet media. I would not give it any fertilizer at this point, plant is showing stress, and even after repot give it time to adjust to new set-up. It is a low light plant, so avoid direct sun.

The plant looks too tall already, you can also opt to trim down the plant at a more manageable height, maybe chop from the tip about 6 inches. It will grow new leaves below cut-off point. And you can still replant the upper portion, to another container with drain holes and with well draining soil.

It is good the plant has made a new offset, so it still shows new growth potential. It may also be redirecting all its energies to the new growth, so at times the upper leaves will be a bit lanky.
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Apr 10, 2017 4:23 PM CST

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purpleinopp
Apr 11, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Compare to this one:
Striped Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans 'Warneckii')
and this one:
Dracaena fragrans 'White Jewel'
I'm not sure how to tell the 2 cultivars apart.

D. reflexa is a synonym of D. fragrans. There may not be a consensus about which cultivar name might apply, but both suggestions are for the same species of origin.
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