Dracaena Marginata needs some help!
Hello,<br><br>We have an office Dracaena Marginata plant that was not doing too well recently. However, we repotted him, and put him in an undisturbed place where he can get a lot of sunlight, and basically have been watering super super infrequently because of it's dessert-likeness. However, the existing leaves still seem to be pretty grumpy and limp. Any suggestions or help? Is it dead, or is it salvageable? Should we fertilize?<br><img><img><img><img><br>
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    PlntNrd It’s totally salvageable and I agree with the posts below. It’s in a pretty big pot for its size and, even though Dracaenas can be drought tolerant, they aren’t succulents and need to be watered when about 50-75% of the soil dries out, that’s what I do with mine. Just be careful with the type of water you use, because Dracaenas are fluoride intolerant and will have issues if you water with regular tap water that has fluoride. Start watering more often, but start slowly. Since it has been kind of starved for water, if you give it a huge drink right away it will end up damaging the leaves. The plant will take up way too much water than it’s used too and this could result in ruptured cells. Try giving it a small amount, let it dry, then give more each time you water, until you work up to the total amount you plan to give from now on. So, give it a drink, check it in about 5 days and then give more, check in 7 days, then give more volume, and so on until you get to the volume you want to give.
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    Erin Agree with Janine below - looks super thirsty, and I think it could be repotted into a smaller planter, depending on how large its root system is.
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      Erin Good thing is dracaenas are pretty resilient so it should perk up with more frequent waterings and a potential repot! Also if it is in harsh direct light, I'd move it to bright *indirect* so the potting mix doesn't dry out as quickly.
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    Janine G I was also thinking this... you say you water it very , very infrequently. I think this is the problem. It's not a succulent. I think you should give it a good watering and then let it go until the soil is dry about half way down. I think the problem is in the watering. I think it's thirsty.
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    Janine G Hi. Why did you repot this? They like to be in smaller pots. I have one just about that size and it is doing just fine. It's near a window but not in all day sun. I would say it's medium light. I wouldn't fertilize. They say don't
    fertilize if you suspect something is wrong. I don't think it will correct a problem.
    Did you water it good when you repotted? I water mine a little bit each week.. sometimes I forget and it does just fine. I don't think it looks that awful. Put a finger down in that soil is it dry or soaked down inside? Does that pot have holes at the bottom? I have mine in an old crock of some sort with no holes . I wet the entire top of the soil and then stop. If it is dry I say water it.... it's better to be dry than soggy and rotten. I know I didn't really offer and good advice here.. just telling you what I do and that it doesn't look awful. Maybe give it a little misting and tell it that it looks good, and that you had to repot it, and it will be just fine. Give it some encouragement. HA .