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Help!

I got this dracaena over a month ago and it was doing well up until this week. This plant stays in an office with just fluorescent lights and is watered once a week. Last week it started getting some new growth up top, but I started to notice some of the leaves were browning. It was mainly the bottom ones so I thought nothing of it.

However this week, more and more leaves started falling off daily and today the center part (with the new growth) just fell off! What am I doing wrong? How can I save my plant?

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I am not sure, but I think just fluorescent light is not sufficient for most plant species. They usually need direct or indirect sunlight, or they should be grown under special grow lamps. I think this plant species can survive in shade but then in proximity of a window (hence indirect sunlight). How far from a window is your plant at the moment? And how dark would your office be if your lights are switched off? Does your office have any windows at all?

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More light certainly. Have you ever fertilized? If not, which is what I am seeing, get some simple Osmocote extended release fertilizer 14-14-14. Do half of what the directions direct. Is this plant in potting soil? Are there rocks or gravel beneath the soil and drain hole? That will cause a cessation of critical drainage. Do not put this plant in direct sunlight even through a window without acclimating it first. This problem is either too much water or no fertilizer. Too much water because of a perched water table. Are you using tap water? I'd find some bottled water without fluoride!

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This is due to bacterial disease. It is difficult to control. Better to remove and destroy as soon as possible

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