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hi will please help me if you can I have a dracaena marginata house plant, i bought it about 3 months ago from a supermarket to go into my conservatory .
it was growing well until a few days ago and now all of a sudden the leaves are falling off in there droves, it is still in the same 8in pot I bought it in, the leaves look healthy what is the problem or am I doing something wrong ive only watered it sparingly

Hi Tony,

Sudden leaf drop by a Dracaena marginata can be caused by improper watering, exposure to cold or inadequate light.

Marginatas must be positioned very close to and directly in front of an uncovered window. A cold draft will cause sudden leaf drop. Keep temps above 60 degrees at all times and away from drafts.

Everyone has their own subjective definition of watering "sparingly" so I have no idea how you are watering. Your Marginata should be watered thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels quite dry. Either under or over watering can cause leaf drop.

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