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Curling dracaena leaves


I have a dracaena plant (I think it's a corn plant- dark green leaves, green sturdy stems) and the leaves are all curling lengthways. I've been reading that this may be down to underwatering, but I have also read conflicting advice on whether dracaena should be left to dry out or the soil kept moist apart from the top inch or so. I know they shouldn't sit in water ( now, after researching!). My plant has been very kind to me and put up with my complete ineptitude so far. I was wondering if the leaves will uncurl if I water it more frequently? Also, should I prune it to make it more bushy? 

Any help would be much appreciated!



  • Pink lilyPink lily Posts: 175

    I inherited one of those last year and it was even droopier that yours.  Should recover OK if you give it a good soaking about once a week.  I also take mine outside every month and hose it down to clean the leaves up.  If yours hasn't been re-potted for a while, that might help to image

  • sally213sally213 Posts: 2

    Thanks Pink Lily ?

    I repotted it yesterday (first time) in a pot one size up and gave it a good soaking. Hopefully this'll help!

    Do you think I should prune it down at all? The top third is quite rangy. I know I would have to wait until its been in the new pot a while as I dont want to stress it out too much...

  • Pink lilyPink lily Posts: 175

    I'n not sure about pruning it, someone else might come along with advice about that.  But, If it perks up and the leaves start pointing up the way, it should look less rangy

  • What ended up happening with this? I have a cutting that looks exactly the same, only the person who gave it to me said it was characteristic of the variety that the leaves curled. She thought it was a Michiko Cane but from googling I'm not sure that is correct. Did the leaves of yours uncurl with more watering?
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