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#35793 May 1st, 2007 at 12:38 PM
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I have had my Dracaena marginata for 2 years now. It has been in the same place for all this time. Suddenly the lower leaves are turning yellow and shrivelling up. The tips of quite a few of the other leaves are yellow as well. What could be the reason?

preciousgreenfingers #35804 May 1st, 2007 at 01:42 PM
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It's pretty normal for the lower leaves to fall off.....my mom has had one for years and years and it's huge---but the lower leaves come off all the time. I have 4 of them and they always have bottom leaves falling off too. When mine turn yellow at the bottom I just pull them off....if the tips go yellow I just snip the very tip off.

Have you been watering it the same as you always had been?

#35858 May 1st, 2007 at 04:49 PM
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I have had one for 8 years. I hardly ever lose leaves. It is full from the midddle of the stems up.

I find that it does as you say when it gets too much water.

Alot of people water more as it gets warmer. I actually water my houseplants less as it gets warmer. I water more in the winter, because the heat running dries my plants faster than they dry in summer.


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RugbyHukr #35893 May 1st, 2007 at 05:27 PM
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Mine big one is full from the middle up too, but the very lower leaves often fall off or I pull them off when they look sickly.....And I know I don't overwater so I don't get too alarmed, for 10 plus years I've watched my moms drop a lot of lower leaves as it gets taller and taller--hers is huge!

Although you are right, overwatering can def. contribute to them dropping leaves. thumbup That was the first houseplant lesson I learned---not to overwater--that kills more plants than anything else.

#36305 May 2nd, 2007 at 07:19 AM
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I dont think I'm overwatering it. But all the same I will bear it in mind when I water it. Yesterday I planted tiny plants of lambs ears under it-dont know how wise that was as lambs ear can be quite invasive. But the pot looked quite bare. Shall I leave them there or will it harm my dracaena in any way?

preciousgreenfingers #36492 May 2nd, 2007 at 03:42 PM
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i usually water mine when it gets dry.


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