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Homerjkev
Nov 25, 2017 4:09 AM CST
Not sure what this plant called but please see picture. The leaves seem to wilt and it's not as vibrant as when we first bought it. A number of leaves turned yellowish and fell off or should I say we removed..
. We changed the soil for good nutritional type and moved around home. Many thanks Kevin
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purpleinopp
Nov 25, 2017 5:08 AM CST
Hi & welcome! It looks like a "corn plant" that has been in insufficient light for a while: Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
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Christine
Nov 25, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Adding to what Tiffany said, plants dont like to be moved around to much. How much and how often are you watering it?
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WillC
Nov 25, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Kevin - Your plant is a Yucca Elephantipes cane and is often mistaken for a Corn Plant. Unlike a Corn Plant, Yucca requires maximum indoor light so place yours directly in front of your sunniest window.

There is no substitute for good light and more "nutritional soil" will not help. In fact, disturbing the roots by replacing the soil will only make matters worse, including proper watering.

I am concerned that it is now in a pot without drain holes, which is never a good idea because excess water can accumulate in the bottom where you don't see it and that will cause root rot. Use a plain wood chopstick to probe the bottom to see if it is wet there. Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to get very dry before adding just enough water so that it reaches that same level of dryness again in 1-2 weeks.

In sum: maximum light and minimal water.
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purpleinopp
Nov 25, 2017 9:23 AM CST
It might be a Yucca. If so, they need more light than Dracaenas to stay healthy and normal looking. Corn plant has naturally arching leaves, where normal Yucca gigantea/elephantipes habit is to have stiffly upright leaves.

Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea)

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Homerjkev
Nov 25, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Thank you all for the kind advise.. Will look at doing all recommend.. We don't water it too much but going to monitor more how much and place in better light and less water.. Will change pot so excess water can drain.. Thanks again!!
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Faridat
Nov 26, 2017 3:27 PM CST
Hmm, I've never seen a Yucca leaves turn so much lighter than normal, it must have been lacking a lot of light for a long time. It does look more like a Dracaena fragrans to me though, the curvy droopy style of the leaves look like more like one. It can survive a lot of conditions that other plants wouldn't, except overwatering and severe lack of light. My experience, since I have had two Corn plants for like 15 years now and they are still growing strong, is that they thrive on a bit of neglect, that is err on the dry side when you are in doubt. Move it to a position that gets much indirect light, and let it dry. When leaves fall off the stems like that it's probably overwatering. Just my 2 cents.
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Homerjkev
Nov 26, 2017 4:06 PM CST
Thank you everyone! Much appreciated from an amateur but this all been very helpful.. Just to add our pot does have wholes to drain its in a pot with wholes inside a seal pot.. But can remove so can see it better.. We will move it to the windows and not water it as often.
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WillC
Nov 26, 2017 7:22 PM CST
That's great that your Ycca is double-potted so that you can make sure it is never sitting in water. Therefore, no need to repot.

It is definitely a Yucca, not a Corn Plant!
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