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Switzerland, Zurich
Dec 6, 2017 1:02 PM CST
So I have bought this Dracaena not long ago and there are two in one pot. The larger taller one is doing fine but the smaller one is dying and I have no idea why. It's so odd that they are both not acting the same when they are in the same pot. I have given them enough water, but I don't think I overwatered them or have I (and if I did it once would it show this fast?). The soil feels dry and they are not sitting in water. I looked for any bugs and nothing is moving anywhere. Anyone can help with why is this happening and what should I do? Its been happening for the past week and it's a surprisingly rapid leaf loss, even before the leaf goes yellow when it is still green it falls off.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Dec 6, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Both stems share the same pot and root system. It is not unusual for the shorter stems to react first to adverse conditions. Sometimes it is because the lower stems don't receive as much light because they are partially shaded by the upper stem foliage.

More likely, you are keep ing the soil too moist and the roots are starting to suffocate or rot. If so, it is just a matter of time before the larger stem is also affected.

Overwatering does not occur with a single watering. Roots need oxygen as much as they need water. Unless the soil is allowed to dry out sufficiently and regularly, then the roots will be deprived of the oxygen they need and that they get only when the soil dries out appropriately.

First, make sure your Marginata is no more than 2-3 feet from a sunny uncovered window.Then, allow the top 2 inches of soil to get quite dry before adding just enough water so it reaches that same level of dryness again in about a week. It may be too late to save the lower stem, but the larger stem should be okay if it gets good light and proper watering.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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