Dracaena Marginata Turning Brown and Dying

I received this plant in June from my mothers funeral, and it did not come with any care instructions or name. I water about once every two weeks, or when the soil feels dry to the touch. However, the ends of the leaves have been turning brown, and a number of leaves have turned totally brown. How I can resolve the browning issue and should I transplant it to a larger container? Please help me. I don’t want to kill this plant. I appreciate it!


Your plant is called a Dracaena Marginata.  The broken, mushy stems indicate an over- watering problem.  Over- watering causes root-rot and is the main reason Dracaena marginatas die. Get rid of the wet soil; trim off all of the dead stems; allow the plant to sit out bare root over night. Re-pot in a container not much large than the root ball that has drip holes in the bottom. Hopefully there are enough roots still alive and your plant survives.

You can read all my care tips for a dracaena marginata in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.