Does anyone know whats wrong with my draceana? All the new leaves have those "pale green" areas, they have it already in the beginning. I´m familiar with the common pests and they are not the cause. All the old leaves seems healthy. The plants get plenty of indirect sunlight, and I water it only when the soil is dryed. I have seen the same symptoms in other tall "Rikki"s, I have met in my work as a plant carer, but no-one know the cause for this or could it be treated.

"Sick leaf" Sick leaf

"Healthy leaf for comparison" Healthy leaf for comparison

  • You're talking about the mottled/variable shades of green, correct? Not the vertical yellow-ish lines down the middle of the leaf, right? The lines appear to be variegation, varying shades of green in a leaf. The mottled part is a mystery to me.
    – Tim Nevins
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 20:47
  • Yes, I'm talking about the mottled parts. It seems that no-one knows reasons for this. Maybe I just need to try some stuff, e.g. give more nutrients or something.Today I made one experiment, I mixed small amount of ash from my fireplace with water and watered the plant with it.
    – Salla M
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 13:54
  • My 50 year old dracaena has the same markings ; doesn't seem to bother it. (It has been cut and reroofed uncountable times - including yesterday, l am little getting plants out this spring.) Commented Apr 18, 2022 at 1:18

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I looked into this a little more and the only explanation for mottled leaves i could find is a virus that is apparently not curable. See link below. See if the symptoms match what you are seeing.

Dracaenea virus

The only other common thread I could find in descriptions of diseases/conditions for this species is lack of air circulation.

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