Dracaena Diseases

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Dracaena diseases.
Dracaena Diseases - Articles


Flecking Dracaena marginataNew leaves have small white to yellow spots near their tips.UnknownMaintain moderate temperature, moisture, and light conditions.
Fluoride ToxicityLong tan to dark brown areas form in the white stripes of "Warneckii" leaves. Leaf tips are yellow or dead on "Janet Craig". Tan dead areas with bright yellow borders form along the leaf margin of "Massangeana" leaves.Excess fluorideMaintain soil pH between 6 and 6.5. Avoid using perlite, superphosphate, and other fluoride-containing soil amendments. Do not irrigate with water containing 1 ppm fluoride.
Fusarium Leaf SpotYoung leaves have reddish to tan spots with wide, yellow halos. Spotting occurs close to the base of the leaves.Fusarium moniliformeAvoid overhead watering. Apply a fungicide to protect healthy plants.
Soft RotRooted cuttings have a soft, brown rot and a foul odor. Lower leaves collapse.Erwinia carotovora pv. carotovora, or Erwinia chrysanthemiPurchase plants free of the disease. Discard infected plants.

Fluoride toxicity.

Prepared by Gary W. Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology