Dracaena Leaves Turning Brown

Miss Judy,

Thanks in advance for your time. It’s hard to Google when I’m not even sure where to start. Found this at a yard sale, I seem to be caring for it okay but could be better based on Browning at end of many leaves.

Can you help me identify it?

With love & light,


Hi Ashley,

Your plant looks like a Dracaena Corn Plant (Massengeana).

Leaf tip burn on a Dracaena is usually caused by too much chlorine, fluoride, or salt in the water; or too much plant food. Never use water that has passed through a softener on houseplants. It is much too salty. If your household water has a lot of fluoride or chlorine, let it sit out over night before using it or use distilled water. Feed a dracaena monthly, only in the spring and summer. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength. If you give the plant too much plant food, it stays in the soil and burns the roots.

Brown tips on all types of houseplants are usually caused by these same things.