Plant Leaves on Dracaena Turning Brown

Here is a view of my plant from the top to show how the leaves form a small cup like area from whence the new leaves grow. I particularly need to know the name of my plant so I can enquire as to why the leaves are turning brown.

nd more leaf ends are turning brown.

Hi Gita,

Your plant is a Dracaena Compacta. There are several things that can cause brown leaf edges and brown leaf tips.

Too much plant food: Fertilizer has a great deal of salt in it. If a plant doesn’t need much fertilizer the salt stays in the soil eventually causing brown tips and edges on the leaves.¬†Slow growing plants, like the dracaena compact, require very little fertilizer. Feed only twice a year, once in the spring and once in the summer, and be sure to dilute the plant food to 1/2 the recommended stength.

Using water that has passed through a softener: Never use water that has passed through a softener on your plants. It is very salty and causes the same conditions as too much plant food.

Household water has a lot of fluorine and chlorine in it: All types of dracaenas react poorly to fluorine and chlorine. If your household water has a great deal of these chemicals in it, allow the water to sit out over night before using it or use distilled water.

You can trim the brown edges using a sharp “WET” scissors. If you don’t use wet scissors, the leaves will turn yellow where you have trimmed them.