Dracaena leaves discolouring

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  1. Minoo

    Minoo New Member

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    Hello, I have a Dracaena massangeana Which has been thriving for the past year or so but all of a sudden around a month ago I noticed some of the leaves are discolouring or actually having some abnormal traces of fading. The new growth is also unhappy and not growing as usual. I have attached a couple of photos with the hope that someone can tell me what is wrong with my Dracaena. I have not changed the watering routine and have not fertilized it since Sept. But last week when I thought maybe it is growing too many leaves and needs to be fertilized I fertilized it a bit. Still the same symptoms! thanks for your input.
     

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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Have you looked closely for pests? Nothing definitive from the photos. However in photo 4602... there is what appears to be an aphid about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom and a black speck (with legs) a bit further up. There is also a strand of material which looks suspiciously similar to spider mite silk.
     
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    I actually thought I had seen some signs of insects a couple of weeks ago and that is why I sprayed it with Neem oil, natural soap mixture last week. Do you think it is just the pests. I was really worried about mosaic virus or bacterial infection. I have uploaded a couple of more photos Any thoughts ?
     

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    I think you are right. Even after the Neem oil spray there are still some pests (sadly)! thanks for noticing them in the picture.
    It has been 10 days since I did the Neem oil spray. Can I spray neem oil and natural dishwashing detergent again tomorrow or is it too soon?
    Can you please confirm the ratio of Neem oil, liquid detergent and waster please. Should I add baking soda too? thanks again for your feedback.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I can't offer you specific advice on the use of these products as my experience is limited to insecticidal soap. In my case I repeat sprays every 7-10 days in order to interrupt the pest's life cycle. Also, take note of caveates in using soaps not specifically intended for insect control: Monstera Deliciosa help!
     

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