Dracaena Massangeana - leaves are turning yellow and then brown!!

daniel159January 22, 2010


I bought a Dracaena Massangeana plant about 3 weeks ago. I placed that plant in a room with sunlight--though the plant itself wasn't getting direct sunlight. In a couple days the leaf tips were turning brown. So I moved the plant in another room under a window where it could get direct sunlight--same result; brown leaf tips AND now the new leaves are already yellow/brown. The entire 3 weeks I've had it I've watered it once, as directed. Furthermore the house temperature has always been 65-68 deg. I occasionally spray a mist on the leaves to dampen them and the plant soil remains mostly dry, as directed.

What am I doing wrong?? It couldn't seem to die any faster then if I yanked it from its soil. Should I re-pot it?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Think about where you usually see dracanea growing successfully? Office building hallways, doctors offices.
Not much light at all.
So you need to take it away from any direct or bright source of light to indirect lighting.
It needs to be dry, do not spray the leaves except to clean every once and awhile.
Check to make sure it doesn't have pests. A dry household can attact house plant pests such as scale, spider mites etc. They'll be evident on the back of the leaves.
Is the plant in a pot that will drain, and excess moisture will be kept away from it's root. That is imperative with this plant.
Try a moisture meter to check for dampness in your plant. If all else fails, it may not have been you at all, it could have been over or underwatered at the store. If you purchased it from a big box store, you can usually take it back.


    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 1:19PM
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All the leaves on my plant turned brown and fell off. I am left with a 3 foot stalk. There is a new stalk growing at the bottom but that does not seem to be doing as well either.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 10:28AM
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Why is it not a good thing to mist the leaves on a corn plant?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2014 at 2:45PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I would water it well once a week.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2015 at 2:48PM
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