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Austin, TX
Jun 22, 2017 11:29 PM CST
I have a spider plant which I know is low maintenance, but one of the stalks (not sure if that's the technical term!) appears very white at the top. I thought this was fresh, new growth at first but when I went to touch the leaves, a few just fell off with basically no effort. Any idea what causes this? Over watering? I do keep it in a corner with pretty low light, sometimes lit by a light bulb on the the wall above. But, no direct sunlight. Also, should I separate this stalk from the other two that share the same pot? Thanks!
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Name: Sue Taylor
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Jun 22, 2017 11:32 PM CST
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Jun 22, 2017 11:38 PM CST
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Jun 23, 2017 12:19 AM CST


First, that's not a spider plant, I'm not good with houseplant ID's but it could be a Dracaena.
Someone else should be able to help with your question.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jun 23, 2017 12:31 AM CST
Its not a spider plant, it's a dracaena. I have both. The dracaena needs little water but deeply when the soil is dry. The spider plants like a bit more.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 24, 2017 8:38 AM CST
Dracaena marginatas are not particularly easy plants. Yours is suffering from lack of natural light. Move it very close to a completely uncovered sunny window. Watering these plants is tricky as they are not very forgiving if you don't get it right. Allow the top inch of soil to dry before watering thoroughly. But improve the light otherwise nothing else you do will matter.

There is no reason to separate the stems as this is not a disease; it is a light problem.
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