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Alabaza
Dec 27, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Hello all

I recently purchased this corn plant and started noticing these brown leaves starting to grown and the healthy leaves were starting to brown in the middle.

What causes this and how can I fix it?

It's a beautiful plant and I want it to feel healthy again.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Welcome!

Did the two branches look like that (growing sideways) when you got it? Those branches should be growing straight up. Your plant has a rot problem - I'm not sure its saveable.
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WillC
Dec 27, 2017 4:08 PM CST
I mostly agree with Tiffany. The stem that is nearly horizontal is definitely beyond recovery. If the other stem is soft and shriveled at its base where it emerges from the main cane, then it too is history and the chances of recovery are very poor at best. Finally, check the main cane itself to see if it is at all soft or if the bark feels papery. If so, then you may as well discard the plant.

Root suffocation from keeping the soil constantly damp is the most likely cause. However, if the soil and roots got completely dehydrated, the result would be the same.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2017 5:17 PM CST
@WillC, That is the second time this week you have called me Tiffany. Its ok but from now on, you are George. Rolling on the floor laughing
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California
Alabaza
Dec 27, 2017 5:40 PM CST
Thank you for the responses!

The plant looked exactly that way when I purchased a couple weeks ago. It's sad that it can't be saved.

I'll try again with another plant. They really are beautiful.
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WillC
Dec 27, 2017 6:41 PM CST
I'm sorry, Daisy. I am totally embarrassed! *Blush* D'Oh!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Alabaza, take it back to where you got it and complain. They shouldn't be selling plants that are on their death bed (unless you bought it off the sale rack).

That's OK, George. Smiling
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WillC
Dec 27, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Alabaza - That is a shame that they sold you a plant in that condition. Think twice before buying there again!
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Faridat
Jan 3, 2018 4:00 AM CST
Hello there! Happened to me recently. Some of the Dracaenas sold have at some point been overwatered, and yet they haven't shown any symptoms until we get them at home. Mine succumbed some days later after it got here. It showed symptoms like yours, even though I hadn't of course exposed it to neither cold, nor drafts, nor watered it even! I kept all the conditions and care, and it rot. If you bought it from a big chain store, that is probably the case! They buy tons of little plants and not taking proper care of them.
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Alabaza
Jan 3, 2018 11:22 AM CST
I did buy it from a chain store! Last time I'll do that... I think buying from a local nursery will be my go to since they take care of the plants.

I appreciate the response!

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