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Jan 9, 2018 2:12 PM CST
I got a little Dracaena plant a few days ago. I took it with me to work this morning for my office window, and by the time I got there, I noticed a lot of small black dots/patches on the leaves that I'm pretty sure were not there this morning. I walk to work and it takes me around 20 minutes, it was really cold outside (-10 Celsius). I had the plant in a bag but I think the cold may be the cause of the spots. Any ideas whether this is the case? And is my plant going to be okay?
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Name: Lin
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Jan 9, 2018 4:06 PM CST
Hi lilyhxk, Welcome!

Your plant looks like Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans 'Janet Craig Compacta') and it sure appears that it is experiencing cold damage, due to the extreme cold temperatures of -10ÂșC! Those damaged leaves will not recover and will eventually yellow and die but as long as the roots didn't freeze, the plant itself should recover. I'd advise against moving it back and forth from work to home until warmer weather; subjection to temperatures that low will surely cause the demise of the plant.
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Jan 9, 2018 4:28 PM CST
Thank you so much! Yeah I'll be more careful from now on Thumbs up

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