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Problems with my dracaena


Question: problems with my dracaena


Goodmorning everyone
I'm Francesca and I have a problem with my dracaena.
It is a plant that I have had for a long time and has now reached the height of more than 1.5m.
until this exate everything was fine, then he started to lose the leaves quickly and the stem was softened in a long stretch.
this was concomitant with the sprouting on the basis of the jar of a new seedling.
should I repot in the spring and divide them?
should I prune the soft part? if yes when?
thanks
francesca

Answer: problems with my dracaena


Dear Francesca,
probably the plant has had cultivation stresses, water with good probability, which led to the entry of some parasites in the tissues, a fungus or something similar.
To save your plant it is advisable, towards the end of the winter, to remove all the soft parts, checking that the part that remains in the vase is healthy and free of dark or soft zoning; then divide the two plants and repot them into individual containers.
Try to repot the plants in two not too large containers, because the dragon trees do not have a large root system, and tend not to like a large amount of space available.
Immediately after repotting, avoid watering the two plants for at least a week, and then start again with watering as usual, watering only when the soil is well dry.
Place your plants in a well-lit area of ​​the house, without direct sunlight, and away from direct heat sources, such as stoves, radiators, fireplaces, and even away from the heat points of the floor heating.
When they live at home and in the hottest and torrid period of the summer remember to vaporize the foliage often, to keep the humidity high.
From March to September, provide fertilizer for green plates, mixed with water for watering.
The dracena is not a plant of difficult cultivation, unfortunately the conditions in the apartment do not reflect those that the plant could enjoy in nature, for this reason the plants grown "in captivity" are more susceptible to excesses of watering or fertilizer, to deficiencies of light or environmental humidity, and for this reason you often go against problems like the one shown by your plant, not necessarily due to big mistakes on your part in plant cultivation.
Fortunately the dragon trees sprout with great ease, and once pruned the thin stems tend to produce new tufts of leaves, often larger and more beautiful than those we have pruned.
In general, remember to avoid excesses, in fact these plants do not like very bright light and direct sunlight; rather than watering excessively, try to water once less; they do not even like the excesses of fertilizing, so if you do not remember if you have already fertilized the plant, rather than fertilizing it once too often, wait a few more days before supplying the fertilizer.
The only thing that the dragon trees, and often other plants grown at home, cannot do without, is the environmental humidity, given that the climate in the apartment is always much drier than in the open air.