Houseplants forum: Dracaena leaves ?

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mark9w
Jun 23, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Hi I bought a plant about two months ago and it seem to be coping well but recently leaves have started to fall off and today one part all the leaves have come off, I don't think it's over watered and it's near a window where most of the light comes in can any one help ? Thankyou
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gasrocks
Jun 23, 2017 11:18 AM CST
Is it the lower leaves that are falling off? If so, sounds like normal adaption to its new environment. Gene
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WillC
Jun 24, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Dracaena marginata 'tricolor' requires lots of indoor sunlight. The leaves on yours are very upright so that tells me that before it was sold it was grown under very bright light and not acclimated well for indoor use. Thus, you are losing some of the lower leaves as it tries to adapt to reduced light. If you keep it right in front of a sunny window, the lower leaf drop will gradually abate and new growth will emerge on that that will arch gracefully rather than stand more upright.

The brown leaf tips can be an indication of inadequate light or improper watering. Allow the top 1-2 inches of the soil to dry in between waterings. If your local tap water is hard, use filtered or distilled. Don't fertilize this plant.
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purpleinopp
Jul 15, 2017 8:46 AM CST
As the trunk lignifies, the older leaves will fall. As long as new leaves are growing in a perky, upright manner at least as fast as older ones are falling, it's totally normal. Your tree is lovely!

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