Ask a Question forum: Brown patches on my dracaena leaves

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Lafayette, Colorado
Nov 17, 2017 2:04 PM CST
I have a type of dracaena plant that I've had for a few months now. It is sitting near my northwest facing window and I have been watering it about once a week. It has been forming these brown patches and spots on the leaves ever since I brought it home. It seems like the plant is continuing to grow, and I haven't lost any full leaves due to the brown patches, but it doesn't look great. Help!
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 17, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Dracaena 'Warneckei' are prone to brown patches, sometimes for unknown reasons. Improper light and watering will aggravate the problem and that is all you can control.

Place your Dracaena right in front of the window, not off to the side. Some direct sun would be beneficial.

Watering is tricky. Allow the top inch or so to dry before watering thoroughly - until some water runs through the drain holes. Hard water and fertilizer will tend to cause brown spots. Use filtered or distilled water if your tap water is hard. Don't fertilize at all.

You may need to experiment with the watering a bit. Proper watering usually prevents the brown tips. However, I have never been able to completely solve the issue of brown patches along the leaf edges.
Will Creed
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