Saturday, September 27, 2008

Random plant event: Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei' resprout

This poor Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei' has been through a lot. I got it at Lowes, on clearance, because it had a lot of blackened leaves and I figured it wouldn't be that hard to rehabilitate, that it had just been overwatered like everything else at Lowes. Got it home, unpotted it, checked out the roots and stuff, potted it back up, and then watched it slowly drop most of the leaves it had, plus the new growth turned black at the base and pulled out. I wasn't sure if, when all was said and done, the plant was going to come back or not.

It did hold on to about five leaves on each branch (you can't tell from the picture, but the plant is one of those that's been cut back and allowed to resprout in two places), though, even though the growing tips themselves died. And then we waited.

I should clearly have had more faith. I'm unclear about what's actually going on, but it seems to have produced a new growing tip somewhere down in the rosette of old leaves, at least on one side. The other side hasn't done anything yet, but clearly there's reason to have hope.


Anonymous said...

Thank you. I shall be patient with the three Yuccas I got for 10c each because they had been drowned while waiting. I think they each have a chance to cautiously recover. The Dracaena with one spindly root did - though it was four years in the doing.

Esther Montgomery said...

Congratulations on the Blotanical Award, Mr Subjunctive.

You must put a phenomenal amount of work into this blog and with the amount of information you provide, it is a sort of online encyclopoedia of plants.

Well done and bravo!