Houseplants forum: Dracaena Marginata Help

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Feb 20, 2018 12:56 PM CST
I bought a dracaena margarita from ikea two Saturday's ago. The plant was on sale because it was not in the best shape. I'm wondering if any of you can help me nurse this plant back to life. I know they prefer medium light - not direct. And they also are suppose to dry out a little before watering again. I have only water it once since I got it. However, are the yellowing a signs of unwatering? I moved it closer to my baseboard heater since I know they like it in the 70s. Can anybody give more advice.
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 20, 2018 6:02 PM CST
I see white spots on most of the leaves, but I cannot see it well enough to identify it. My concern is that they are mealybugs or scale insects.

Your Marginata needs as much indoor light as you can provide. Keep it on or close to a sunny windowsill. Normal room temperatures are fine. Allow the top half inch of soil to dry before watering enough so that a bit trickles through the drain holes.
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Feb 21, 2018 6:27 AM CST
and be patient... damaged leaves don't 'undamage', new leaves take time... good tough plant to work with Thumbs up
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Feb 21, 2018 7:46 AM CST
Thank you for your responses. Here are some closer photos, I hope they help. The shoot off that I circled in white, looks healthy besides one leaf has a brown spot.
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 21, 2018 2:12 PM CST
I have seen a lot of leaf discoloration on Marginatas but nothing like that. I don't know what is causing it.
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Feb 23, 2018 9:55 AM CST
IDK what it is either. The spots look much too big to be spider mite stippling. Hopefully it was just something caustic that got accidentally splashed or sprayed on the leaves and will have no effects beyond a temporary cosmetic one.

For comparison, healthy leaves of this species do not have white spots on them:
Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

I would not bring a plant that looked like that home for free. There is no savings in a clearance plant if it is ill and dies, &/or makes other plants ill. Having been in a spot where new plants are scheduled to be soon is a good reason to consider a clearance plant, but anything questionable about its' health and I would want for any reduction of price. I'm happy to pay the regular price for healthy plants and support that area of commerce.
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