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Darcilique
May 7, 2018 7:29 PM CST
I'm not to sure what kind of plant this is but she keeps on turning brown on her leaves. Does anybody know why this is?
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BigBill
May 8, 2018 4:45 AM CST
It is a Dracena.
Container is Way Too Big and the soil is Too Dry. Put it into a much smaller pot, keep it evenly moist, not soggy and not dry. It will recover!
I often use this analogy. If your foot requires a size 6 shoe, your Dracena is in a size 16EEE shoe. Imagine how much pain and difficulty you would have trying to walk in shoes that big!! It is the same type of thing for your little plant.
Hope this helps. Good luck! Thumbs up
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Darcilique
May 8, 2018 8:47 AM CST
Thank you so much! I will try that and see if it helps.
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WillC
May 8, 2018 9:06 AM CST
I agree with what Bill has written and would add that a large pot does not lead to a larger plant any more than oversized shoes will make a child grow faster and bigger. Plants grow best when kept moderately potbound.

Your plant is a Dracaena 'warneckei.' I suggest removing the lower leaves that are only stubs at this point. Other leaves that develop brown tips are best trimmed with sharp scissors so as to maintain the original shape of the leaf rather than using a blunt cut. Think fingernails.
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Darcilique
May 8, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Ok how do I remove the bottom leaves? Just pull on them or clip them?
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WillC
May 8, 2018 9:49 AM CST
You can split the leaf lengthwise and pull the two sides of the leaf away from one another. The two leaf halves will then easily separate from the plant stem where they are attached. But there is nothing wrong with cutting. Your choice.
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Darcilique
May 8, 2018 9:55 AM CST
Ok thank you. So how do I know a right size for the plant pot? Cuz I don't wanna go to small
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WillC
May 8, 2018 11:11 AM CST
The smallest pot that the rootball will fit into snugly. Not unlike getting shoes that fit properly.
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Darcilique
May 8, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Ok tha n k you so much!
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kniphofia
May 8, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Why not just throw it away and get something new?
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BigBill
May 8, 2018 11:54 AM CST
If you throw it away, you miss a wonderful opportunity to learn.
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Darcilique
May 8, 2018 12:10 PM CST
Because plants are amazing! They have feelings to just not like people.

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