Brown Tips on Dracaena Marginata

I got this plant a year ago from a friend who didn’t want it… It was dying.. all the tips of the leaves were dying and it wasn’t growing much. I took it home put new soil in and have left it alone… aside from watering it. A year later is has grown so much but the leaves at the bottom tips still die… the top doesn’t… any suggestions? Also do you know the name of this plant?

Hi Randi,


Your plant looks like a Dracaena Marginata. They usually get discoloration in the tips of the leaves because of the chemicals in the water you are using or too much plant food. Dracaenas do not like water that contains fluoride or chlorine. If your household water has chemicals in it, allow it to sit out over night before using it or use water from an outdoor hose. Never use water that has passed through a water softener it is too salty. If the plant gets too much fertilizer, the excess stays in the soil & the salts in the fertilizer burn the leaves. Dracaena Marginata House Plants are slow-growing plants that do not need much fertilizer. Feed Dracaena Marginata Houseplants once a month in the spring and summer with a water-soluble well-balanced plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength.