Hello Judy! I inherited a houseplant left behind by the former residents of my apartment, and I’ve had it for a few years now without much problem – nor without knowing what type of plant it is – but now its leaves are browning and dying at a concerning rate. I have been told to remove them by others so whatever is killing them does not spread, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. I have grown quite attached to the plant – I call him Frank – and am scared I will lose it. I change the soil roughly every 6 months and water it every 2 weeks. I have attached three photos, two that I hope will help you help me identify it, and one that shows the browning of its leaves. I hope you can advise me on what to do to get Frank healthy again. Thank you! Nik
Frank is a Dracaena Lemon Lime. Leaves often turn brown on dracaena plants when you are giving them too much plant food, using water that has passed through a softener, or using water that has a lot of fluoride and chlorine in it. These chemicals, especially the salt part of them, buildup in the soil over time and eventually cause browning in the leaves. There are complete care instructions for a Dracaena warneki in the Popular Houseplants section of the website. The care instructions are the same for a Dracaena lemon lime.