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What is This Plant? (Dracaena Fragrans)

November 28, 2008

Dracaena FragransI received this plant 4 months ago, and the tips of the leaves are turning brown. I thought it was over watered so I stopped watering it and it still is losing the ends of the leaves. I am not sure what kind of plant this is, it has a cane type base. Thanks for everyones help.

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Laverne from Omak, WA

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November 28, 20080 found this helpful

This is a corn plant.I have several of them and the biggest one is over 6 feet tall! They can get real big. I don't know what I'm going to do if it continues to grow! They are pretty hardy but they do loose leaves once in awhile. Make sure it gets some sunlight but not direct. Good luck with it.

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By Souix, Greenbrier, Arkansas (Guest Post)
December 1, 20080 found this helpful

I think this is called a (Cane Corn Plant or Dracaena Fragans) here is a link to see the picture & a link to see the care of this Plant... My daughter has one.. When.the leaf tips go brown it's from underwatering it .. hope this helps www.ellisonsgreenhouses.com/.../Corn_plant_cane_3PP.jpg

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December 1, 20080 found this helpful

I am not positive of the name but I had one that was the size of a small tree years ago and think it's official name is Dracena.

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December 1, 20080 found this helpful

They originated in the tropics, so providing an area of high humidity or misting might help keep the tips on the leaves.

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December 2, 20080 found this helpful

It does look like a corn plant. I'm not sure how to care for it, though I did have one once and it was not in direct light. I put it on the porch in the summer and it got wind-burned. We moved shortly after and left it.

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They do have the most wonderfully delicious-smelling flowers though.

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December 2, 20080 found this helpful

It looks like a Yucca. Check in out on the web.

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By LuLU, Chicago, IL (Guest Post)
December 2, 20080 found this helpful

It is a corn plant. Rule of thumb with any plant is, yellow leaves, too much water or not enough light, brown edges, not enough water. Indirect light would be best for your corn plant, or a north window.

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By Roland (Guest Post)
December 2, 20080 found this helpful

This is a tropical plant. I've seen it grow in El Salvador, Central America. They call it IZOTE, and the flower is the National Flower. It is pompous in size and glows in the sun with pure white color.

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People eat it mixed with scrambled eggs or kept in vinegar as it will make a good tasty appetizer. It has a light bitter taste.

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By Monica (Guest Post)
December 4, 20080 found this helpful

Dracaena Massangeana Cane. Doesn't take much water - a little at a time - keep it pretty dry. It does like light, not necessarily direct light. Every six months or so, give it Miracle Grow, diluted in water.

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By Ashley (Guest Post)
December 4, 20080 found this helpful

It is a Corn Plant, in the draceana family. Make sure it gets enough light - near a window and don't overwater it. If your water has chlorine, flouride or other additives, it could cause the tips to turn brown. Overwatering will usually cause whole leaves to turn yellow.

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By Trisha (Guest Post)
December 5, 20080 found this helpful

I have one of these also. I love it. A lot of these grow in places like tropical islands and love a sandy soil.
If you repot it with 2/3's sand and 1/3 soil and mix in a little charcoal(purchased at plant nurseries), it will keep from ever over watering as the soil will be very pouris. Back in the 1970's little pieces of stalk were sold and came from Hawaii.

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It was very popular.

Yours looks very healthy, you must be treating it right.
I find if I put mine any direct light it isn't happy. I believe these are tropical and use to shade or indirect lighting. The website I have included will give you the information you need on this plant.

houseplants-care.blogspot.com/.../corn-plant-care.html

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By sewbead (Guest Post)
January 10, 20090 found this helpful

You can trim the brown part off of the tips of the leaves. Be sure that when you cut you cut with the form of the leaf; that is, don't cut across the tip of the leaf, cut up the side from the tip. Trying to repair the brown tips can sap the strength of the plant. It's kinda like having split ends. Does this make sense?

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January 11, 20090 found this helpful

Definitely a corn plant. When they get too big, start one for a friend or neighbor. Literally cut the stalk off and jam it into the soil. Think about the height you'd like for the 2nd plant and then make your cut. The original rooted stalk will eventually grow greens near the cut area. The 'top' you removed will eventually root and you have a free gift for your neighbor.

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Tracey - Jacksonville FL

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, corn plant. Corn plants like filtered light (indoors). They are creatures of habit, so I suggest leaving it in the same spot. I have two, and mine have shown signs of trauma when moved. I let the soil dry between waterings.

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February 25, 2007

Potted plant.Here's another plant I was hoping to get identified.

Hardiness Zone: 5a

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Sharon from Missouri

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February 26, 20070 found this helpful

I believe it is a dracaena

I did a search on google and found a lot of links, then I went to the image portion and I think I see a plant like yours.
Hope this helps.
Tina

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By rosa (Guest Post)
February 28, 20070 found this helpful

DRACINA , related to corn plant

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March 1, 20070 found this helpful

I have the same plant but mine is all green but it is a Dracaena Marginata.

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By Katherine (Guest Post)
March 2, 20070 found this helpful

This plant is a dracaena, also known as ribbon plant.
If there is any leaf loss in the upper portion of the plant the top can be removed and rooted to form a new plant.

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By Linne Dodds (Guest Post)
June 4, 20070 found this helpful

It's also called an Amazon Sword plant when you buy it for a Fish tank. It grows under water quite nicely .& then if you want you can take it out of the water & grow it in a planter , It grows quite nicely in either place .
Thank you for reminding me of it .

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August 15, 2014

I need to know the name of this plant. How much water does it need? dracena

 
dracena
 

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August 16, 20140 found this helpful

It's a type of Dracena.

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August 17, 20140 found this helpful

As the previous poster says, it looks like one of the dracenas - from your photo it looks to be the variety known as dracena marginata, and one that isn't getting enough light to bring up the rich red margin colouring. In the snap it looks as though there are pale red lines edging the foliage - the red is usually darker.

Have a read through for tips on keeping this plant happy; **this link shows a young plant - yours is much older with a long 'trunk'**:

www.plantandflowerinfo.com/.../dracaena_marginata.html

Here's a link to general dracena info:

tipsplants.com/.../dracaena

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