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yesterday, i repotted  and today the leaves onthe 3 stems are all  drooping down from top to the base of the plant starting where the  base of the leaves grow from the looks so fanned out that it looks like  the leavesare  being pulled off the stems. The tips are already brown and. this is just how myprevious draecena warnecki started dying.It is so drastic for just one day.The plant is now in a 12 inch pot,almost 2 feet high all bent down.The potting soil is very moist but drained out a lot of water.I separated the roots of the three plants.It wasonly slightly pot bound.sSeparating the roots so drasticly and pushing them down  enough that the bottom leavesare below the soil but the plant stems are not drooping out of the pot.-the only way to keep it upright and packing down the soil around the stems.I do not know if the plant is rooted well at all.Help! Thanks.

It sounds like you did not properly water it after repotting...
Water by weight. Put a saucer under the pot. Water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. After that time pour off any excess water in the saucer. Pick up or lean the pot. It should feel heavy. Don't water again until it feels considerably lighter in weight. Check it every 5-10 days. Watering frequency depends on many factors(type of plant,light exposure,temps, humidity, etc.).
Most indoor tropical plants require you to add fertilize on a weekly to monthly basis during the growing season. Visit your local garden center (not chain store) and see what they recommend for your particular plants...
Spray misting and humidity requirements will vary from plant to plant...Misting once or twice a week will help keep the plant clean. Overdoing it can cause mold and fungi problems.
Hope this helps...If you have any other questions please ask them...
Good luck...
Let me know what you think.
Rick in southern NJ  

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I can answer many common garden center/greenhouse houseplant questions such as , proper care, propagation of, pest problems, identification, growing mediums, construction, etc. & many more..


I currently manage a private 16 acre estate. i am in charge of the general maintenance of buildings and i supervise the landscape maintenance staff. i teach landscape/horticulture evening classes for a community college in NJ. I taught landscape/horticultural classes for a NJ vocational high school for 5 years. prior to that I owned & operated a landscape/garden center facility for 20 + years. My experience is in commercial & residential sales & care of houseplants as well as landscaping.


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