Dracaena Marginata Losing Leaves

Leaves have been falling off this poor houseplant recently. Help!

Hi Cydney,

Red, green, white Dracaena Marginata TriColor

Dracaena marginata TriColor

Your plant is a Dracaena Marginata (TriColor). Dracaena Marginatas are stalk plants and it is perfectly normal for them to lose their bottom leaves when they get new leaves at the top. From the picture it looks as though this is exactly what your plant is doing. If you are unhappy with the long bare stalks, you can cut the top 1/3 – 2/3 off  one of them. The plant will send our 2 or 3 new shoots directly below the cut in the stem. Once the first stalk gets healthy new growth you can move on to pruning the next stem. You can plant the leafy section you removed plus about 7″ of its stalk back into the existing pot or start an entirely new plant. Be sure to dip the cut end of the stem into a little Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little. before planting it. You can read more about Dracaena Marginatas in the Popular HousePlant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety but the care is about the same. The only difference is that your plant needs more light.