Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dracaena Fragrans care?

About a week after i bought one, the leaves on it are starting to go limp and some of the tips are turning brown. I thought this was an easy plant to take care of, i water it regularly and keep in in the sun. I've looked on a few sites, some of them say i am supposed to trim it but what the hell am i supposed to trim, the leaves?

Also, is there anything else i can do to keep healthy?

This is the plant..

Dracaena Fragrans care?
They're fairly easy plants to look after though, like many plants, can suffer a bit in modern homes, due to dry heating etc.

They can tolerate some shade, and I'd recommend growing it in partial shade, and right now, as its leaf tips are browning, I'd keep it out of harsh (drying) sunlight. They can withstand, and prefer, to dry out between waterings, so don't go overboard on the watering, in case it further shocks the plant, and/or causes some rot.

You can increase the relative humidity around the plant, which is likely to minimise the tips drying out, by having some water in a dish close to, or even under the plant. If the plant stands on a tray with water in it, add pebbles, so that its roots don't sit in water. Misting it will also add temporary relief from dryness too, although having water around it permanently is likely to be better.

Plants often get shocked from having been grown in perfect conditions in a greenhouse - right light, temperature and humidity - especially if they are then shipped out in winter time, stand around at plant sellers, and finally get their 3rd location, in someone's home. Plants to adapt to their environment, so its former adaptation would have been a more perfect position - hence the issues its facing just now. Yours will be starting to adapt to your home, after the stress of being moved etc.

Trimming will only remove dead and damaged parts of your plant, which can be helpful, but they don't clear the source of the problem, which is the plant's struggle to adapt after the stresses it's had.

Hang in there, increase the humidity around it, take it out of too much harsh sunlight, and it will adjust to your home conditions. Feed it once a month or so, during the growing season.

Hope these thoughts help. Good luck! Rob
Reply:i worked as a horticulurist for an indoor plant company after college and all the new plants we got in were immediately leeched, or flooded with water to remove all the extra fetilizer that was in the soil. those plants were grown in shade houses, and the growers had them full of fertilizer. since they have been moved to low light conditions, they are not going to take up as much, and burn your plants. hope this helps. richard

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