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May 25, 2018 6:03 PM CST
|Hi all. I have a large braided dragon tree and one of the trunks lost all its leaves and started to shrivel. I went to pull it out by the roots and it came right out, all roots were gone and there were little white specks all over the bottom of the trunk (picture included). Are these insect eggs? Any idea what it is? Is it going to kill the rest of the tree? Any ideas would be helpful! Thanks
Name: Will Creed
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May 25, 2018 6:56 PM CST
|Once a main Dracaena marginata stem dies, it will start to deteriorate and rot. The white things you see are probably fungus spores. They did not kill that stem but are a result of its dying.
The rest of the stems appear to be healthy, so it may be that there was just one weak stem that died and the others are fine. However, it may be that improper watering may have caused that one stem to die and the others may follow if the situation is not corrected. That is just a possibility that I am pointing out and not a fact that I know.
Make sure the top two inches of soil dry out every week to 10 days before you water. Alter the volume of water you add accordingly. Better to err on the side of dryness with a Dracaena marginata.
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