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By Vroom

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My Madagascar dragon tree has been very healthy for the past three years but recently a bug has been eating its leaves. One of its branches broke off, revealing a gunge like substance inside - is this normal?. I removed the bugs I found on the leaves but there are small brown flecks on the leaves; I am unsure if these are droppings or eggs? I have no idea where the bugs have come from as the tree lives indoors.



No, its not normal, sounds like some kind of bacterial infection, if there's oozing gungy stuff in the stem, unless you're just seeing the usual wetness or sap appearing from a wound. You haven't described whatever the bugs were on the leaves, but if the plant is still alive and growing, and not worsening day by day, it might be worth spraying with something like Roseclear 3 at the fungus treatment strength (take outside to spray and bring in again immediately). The other thing to check is the compost - turn it out, check for bugs in there, replace with new compost, having first washed the pot thoroughly if you don't use a bigger one.
I'm not sure either how one of the stems "broke off", they don't usually do this unassisted, so that might be a sign of some serious infection. These plants are usually low maintenance, trouble free and easy care, so this is unfortunate, but they are at least easy to replace (proper name is Dracaena marginata)

15 Mar, 2010

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