Dracaena Fragrans: Beware of a Fluoride ProblemHouseplants Last Updated On 03/16/2021
Dracaena fragrans is a wonderful houseplant you can grow indoors. Corn Plant, as it is commonly known, can look very beautiful in your home. These plants tend to be very strong and hardy but there are some problems to keep in mind.
One of the most common problems you can encounter with your Corn Plant are brown tips on the foliage. This is usually a sign of a fluoride problem. Since these plants are very sensitive to fluoride you need to make sure not to hurt your plant.
Dracaena Fragrans Fluoride Problem
Fluoride can cause a lot of problems to Dracaena fragrans plants. Fluoride accumulation will prevent the proper closing of the stomates, which are the openings in the leaves that help the leaves breathe. Once the stomates are closed the leaves can't breathe properly. As a result, the tips of the leaves will burn and turn brown.
This is why brown tips on the leaves are a common sign of fluoride overuse and dangerous accumulation of this element.
How to Prevent Fluoride Accumulation?
Dangerous fluoride accumulation generally happens with fertilizing. Generally speaking, Dracaena fragrans doesn't require fertilization, especially not excessive feeding. In fact, even a bit of fertilizer can make a lot of trouble, particularly if the fertilizer container fluoride or boron.
Keep in mind that most Dracaena fragrans plants are first grow in nurseries and owners buy them from the nurseries. Such plants have already stored plenty of nutrients within the cane. These nutrients can sustain the plant for a long time. As a result, no additional fertilization is needed.
Also, keep in mind that as a Dracaena plant acclimates indoors, it reduces its food requirements. The metabolism of the plant will slow down and it will require even less nutrients than before. As a result, no fertilization is needed.
Keep this in mind since this is the easiest way to prevent fluoride problem with your Dracaena fragrant plants. Simply avoid fertilization to prevent the accumulation of the fluoride and resulting burning of the leaves.
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