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  • Need help: Please help identify the problem with my Dracaen

    [align=left]Please take a look at the leaf of my Dracaena that I'm attaching.* I got this plant from someone on craigslist and can't call him because I don't have the number anymore.

    When I picked the plant up it was at night and I didn't notice the leaves.* I asked him on the phone if the plants were healthy.* He said the big was "is stellar" and the freebie would take some TLC.* So assuming that he was telling the truth, I picked them up and didn't notice the leaves.

    It looks like a mouse has been eating on them.* Can you see that on the sides?* Then I started to clean it up and remove yellow leaves and I saw something that looked like (and probably was) spider leaves.* I took it to the plant store where I buy all plants and he said he's never seen that before and was thinking that the guy had them outside in the summer and that they may have gotten some kind of catapillar eating on them.* Or the web-looking stuff I saw (not much of it) may have been something else.* He looked carefully at it while it was outside in the light.* Neither of us could see any bugs whatsoever.

    Any thoughts?* It's a beautiful and big Dracaena... but I'll throw it out if you think it might be harmful to my cacti and other plants.* I moved it as far from them as I could to ensure that if something's wrong that it won't bother the other guys!

    Thoughts?* The smaller plant (same Dracaena marginata) didn't have the spider web-looking stuff, but the tips of the leaves are turning brown even on the new growth, which is quite abundant.[/align]
    [align=left]I scanned one of the leaves, but this site won't allow me to either attach a pdf file or a pasted copy of the scan into a doc.* They said that a pdf file won't be accepted and the doc with the graphic is too big.[/align]
    [align=left]If you're willing to help me and think you have the answer, please e-mail me at* Thanks for your help.


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    Hi Victoria,

    Webs on plants are usually a sign of spider mites.* They come in different colors and are very difficult to see.* You can put a piece of white paper under the area you see the webs and tap the plants.* You should see small dots on the paper that move.

    The brown tips could be from the flouride in your water.

    Most folks that answer questions on forums answer them on the forum and don't respond directly to a personal e-mail address.* If you have your settings to receive a notice of a response to your post or to a private message, I would suggest you edit your post and remove your e-mail address from public view as that can lead to spam.* If you find you can't edit your post to remove your e-mail addy from public view, lmk and I'll do it for you.

    If you reduce the size of your pics you can post them here.* If not, you can post them on a free photo site such as and post a link to the pics here.