You may also see black tissues near the soil. Over the weekend, two stalks/stems broke off and possibly rotted (?). Madagascar dragon tree, Dracaena marginata, has dark green, strappy leaves with a narrow band of dark red around the margins. Is my dracaena beyond saving? Hello! It started when a few of the stalk's bottom leaves started browning. save. 9. Once you "top" the plant at the main stem, it won't ever grow taller than that. Overwatering will cause the roots to rot whereas compacted soil lacks air pockets which in turn cause the roots to suffocate. To prevent bacterial leaf spot, keep the plant in a well-ventilated area exposed to the amount of sunlight it needs. no comments yet. You can cut it back as far as you want. 0 comments. In the last couple of weeks I've noticed a big change in the plant. I also watered. These are the outermost leaves of the crown. As for the dracaena, things took a quick turn for the worst. share. It can be grown in water or in a container of gravel filled with water. ... You can try to save the part of the plant above where it has turned black. This encourages the dracaena to get fuller and bushier rather than taller. The plant had 3 large stems coming off of one big trunk. Log in or sign up to leave a comment Log In Sign Up. 100% Upvoted. A few weeks ago the tall stalk seemed to be listing, so I decided to straighten it up. If this happens, cut until you find firm normal woody stem. hide. Sort by. report. To reduce height, cut off the top part of the plant's main stem with pruning shears. The main causes of diseases in office foliage are overwatering and compacted soil. The affected leaves will mostly drop and the stem may become mushy and soft. One of the trunks of my Dracaena (Dracaena Lisa, I believe) is turning black (see pictures). Now there's only 1 stem left and I'm really getting worried about this plant. Leaves turning black and the soil has white mold. One of the trunks of my Dracaena (Dracaena Lisa, I believe) is turning black (see pictures). It started when a few of the stalk's bottom leaves started browning. Fortunately, being the resilient house plant that any dracaena variety is, you don’t need to buy a new plant and start afresh, with your fingers crossed that it’ll work out better next time around. Why do dracaena's leaf tips turn black? The tips of the leaves turn yellow and dry because of dry air, and they turn black most likely from excessive watering, especially if dracaena is located on a cold windowsill. Dragon tree stems can be braided together or allowed to grow as separate stems in one pot. In case the woody stem is hollow or black on the inside it means that this part of the plant is dead and will not come back to life. Its young stems can be woven or braided into various shapes. Ever since then the leaves on the tall stalk have been turning dark brown (not the light brown of dryness), yellow, and shriveling. In winter, watering should be done very carefully. Ultimately, these streaks grow long and turn black, causing leaf tissues around them to turn yellow. best. I have a Dracaena potted with two stalks, a tall and short. You can learn how to save a dying corn plant, and surprisingly, the solution could be super simple. I removed those leaves and I only water when the soil dries as I've been instructed. Is it because of the low air humidity? Be the first to share what you think! The leaves are yellow/brown and falling off in masses. On 2 of the stems the leaves started to die off and the stems themselves seemed to rot away. ... Why are some leaves on my Schefflera turning … View Entire Discussion (0 Comments) More posts from the plantclinic community. Few are remaining. They became brown and mushy. I'm not entirely sure what went wrong here on the second try (something clearly did). 8. Leaf spots are accompanied by unsightly stem cankers that cause stems to turn black and shrivel up. 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