Why do Dracaena Leaves Turn Brown and Yellow?

Are you able to identify not only the plant, but how I can treat the leaves on the plant? This was given to me in the condition it is in and would like to “fix” it if possible. My email address is armstrong.dave.a@gmail.com

thank you

Dave

Hi Dave,

Your plant is called a dracaena janet craig and you can find care instructions for it in the Popular HousePlant Section of the website. The problems with the leaves could be the result of any or all of the following things. The plant has been over fertilized or watered with water that is high in chemical (fluoride or chlorine ) or salt content. It may also be suffering from a viral infection. The previous owner may have just over watered the plant. The first thing I’d do is spray the leaves with the “ green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.    .” You can read how to make and use the green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.     in the Glossary of the website. Then I would replace the soil with new fresh soil. Gently rinse off the roots before repotting your dracaena.

Since there are so many destroyed leaves, you may want to consider cutting the plant way back and letting it start to grow again; otherwise, you will eventually have a plant with leaves on the top of the stem and nothing the rest of the way down.

 

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