Dracaena plants are popular houseplant, but many people have noticed that their plant’s stem is soft and squishy. In this article, we will explore the reasons why your dracaena is doing this.
Why Does My Dracaena Have a Soft Stem?
Your dracaena has a soft stem because the stem has died. Many people have this question because their plant appears fine, but the stem is soft. The stem has likely been dead for a while, which means it will not recover and should be removed from the plant to prevent rot or mold.
You can tell whether your dracaena’s stem is alive by gently tugging on a leaf near the bottom of the plant. If you notice that there is resistance when pulling at the leaf, then the stem is alive. If there is no resistance when pulling at the leaf, it means that your dracaena’s stem has died.
In most cases, a dracaena’s stem will have turned soft and squishy because of water-related damage or from being overwatered. This can cause root rot which kills plants quickly by rotting out the roots at their base.
Dracaena Root Rot Symptoms
The stem has turned to mush with visible signs of fungus growing on top OR Stems have completely rotted away leaving only a stump behind. This happens quickly, so if you find yourself in either situation, then take action right now before it spreads any further!
Should I Remove Soft Dracaena Stem?
Yes, the stem is dead, so it is best to remove the entire thing. If you don’t, then more of your plant will likely start turning soft and squishy, which would be a very bad sign for your dracaena’s health overall!
How Should I Water My Dracaena?
Water your dracaena deeply but not too often. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Dracaenas like slightly moist conditions, so only water when you notice that the top few inches of the soil are dry.
I tend to water my dracaena every 3-4 weeks in the summer and every 4-5 weeks in winter. This is because the plant is happy to stay dry for long periods. As you can tell, dracaenas are hardy plants!
Watering too much will cause root rot and fungal issues, which can spread around the rest of your plant – uh oh!
In conclusion, your dracaena plant has squishy stems because of water-related damage or from being overwatered. This can cause root rot, which kills plants quickly by rotting out the roots at their base.
This is sad news to hear, but it’s important information for you to know. To prevent it from watering again, make sure to follow proper dracaena watering rules. Remember, this type of plant is happy to stay dry for longer periods of time.
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Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.