Houseplants forum: Unfit mother lost Riki in a tree for months.

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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Dec 6, 2017 10:37 AM CST
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I put my plants outside for the first time this summer. It was just an amazing transformation for the sun starved plants grown indoors too long in the Washington PNW. I found a Dracaena Riki at Lowes. I had been watching for one for a long time. I put it outside with the others. In a week or so, I felt it needed a bit more shelter so I placed in in the limbs of my Dogwood right by the row of other plants, and then I completely forgot doing it. And yes, I am now taking ginko balboa. When I realized it was not with the other plants, I looked every where, recollection just never happened. I am ashamed to say I concluded someone took my plant right off my porch. Darn thieves. Rolling on the floor laughing I patrolled the porch sure something else would be stolen all summer. Rolling on the floor laughing

Yesterday, I was enjoying the bright crisp day, cleaning up the front porch, and the fallen dogwood leaves. Up in the branches was my poor abandoned Riki left to fend for itself for months.

As bad as it looks, it seems to have put up a good fight. What would you do to acclimate this plant, or should I just cut my losses. If not, how to proceed? Should I use a fungicide, as you can see the rot in the second pic. Anyone else had success nursing a plant back to health after something like this.

Memory challenged Laurie B


Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Dec 6, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Some years ago I used a systemic fungicide for my tall Dracaena houseplant, I did not want to spray in the house which is why I used the systemic. It was hard to find one, I think I used one labeled for Roses that includes insecticides. I would never use this outside but any bug in my house is fair game. It did seem to help.
I would think it is quite possible the plant will recover if you just do the usual indoor care, it doesn't look that bad, considering!
Don't worry, I will not notify "Plant Amnesty" about your transgression, we are all guilty of worse I suspect.
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Dec 6, 2017 11:03 AM CST
@Pistol, thank you. I have some Bayer systemic chem in the plant pharmacy. I will clean it up and throw that on the soil. Poor baby.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Dec 6, 2017 11:42 AM CST
It still looks good to me. Enjoy nursing it back to good health!
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Dec 6, 2017 1:49 PM CST
Thank you Bev, and Mary!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Dec 6, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Laurie - In a previous post, you mentioned that it had experienced a freeze. If so, that is the cause of the damage, not a fungus. In that case, using a fungicide is not warranted. Provide lots of warm temps, good indoor light and allow the soil to dry out more than usual. Its recovery will ultimately depend on how much damage was done to the roots by the cold.
Will Creed
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
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lauriebasler
Dec 7, 2017 4:32 AM CST
Yes, I figured that as I went to clean it up tonight. I had to whack two stalks off and one has a few little scrawny leaves. Time will tell. Thank you as always for the help.

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