Dracaena Compacta Dying

Hi Judy, I have a very old janet craig that belonged to my grandma. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. It hasn’t really been given much TLC over the years but it has survived. I’ve had it in my sole possession for a year and a half. I’m just getting into houseplants and I’m a little lost. The stalk on the left had leaves and last week it drooped over and they all fell. At the bottom of the stalk is a new growth but it has not grown upward at all. Any advice you can give I would appreciate it, Thank you so much!

Hi Rudy,


Your plant is a Dracaena Compacta. The first thing I would do is cut off the bare stem. This will encourage the plants at the bottom to grow faster. The yellow on the leaves of the plant still alive could mean a couple of things. You are over- feeding the plant. Fertilize every other month with a liquid plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. There is too much fluoride or chlorine in your water or your water is passing through a water softener. Let your water sit out over night before using it. You are over- watering. During the winter, allow the soil to dry out before watering.  In the spring and summer, water a little more.