Plant w/brown leaves for years


My plant is approximately 4 feet and it has had brown leaves for years. It grows inside our Toronto condo where the sun is and the soil is probably loam but dries easily. I forgot the name of the plant, which initially was just one plant w/green leaves but later grew another branch and then the leaves just turned brown for both. I just let it be but now am interested to know if you could help bring back the green leaves. Attached is a photo. Thank you so much.



Your plant appears to be a Dracaena marginata, commonly known as a Dragon Tree.

The most common cause of yellowing leaves on houseplants is over-watering. Check that the pot has proper drainage and that the drainage holes are not plugged. Soil can appear to be dry on the surface, and yet, still be quite wet at the bottom of the pot. Your plant would probably benefit from repotting. Generally, most house plants should be repotted every 2-3 years in a slightly larger container with fresh soil.

Dracaena marginata require bright indirect light and they are intolerant of cold and draughts. The soil should be allowed to dry between waterings.

Here is a link to a post with more information on caring for a Dracaena plant: