What is wrong with the janet craig plant? How could I get it back healthy? I...

Asked September 8, 2013, 5:57 AM EDT

What is wrong with the janet craig plant? How could I get it back healthy? I have had this plant for around five months. During the first four months the plant was beautiful and very healthy. Every now and then I found 3 leaves that were compeltely brown which eventually I pulled out, which I think is normal as new leaves grew . However revcently the edges of ALL the leaves have started turning brown i.e. completely dead/dry. I started cutting the edges with scissors however it didnt make any difference. It is placed in an open plan slightly/well lit area, and I usually water it once a week or when soil is dry by putting it in a bucket full of water outside ,then leaving it on the ground so that the extra water goes out, then I take it back inside. What are the causes of the brown spots all over? Even the new very light green leaves (as the rest of the plant is dark green) that started growing from the plant, have very few brown ticks. these are two photos of my plant: http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab134/Caravaggio21/DSCF4129_zps7b9019f6.jpg http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab134/Caravaggio21/DSCF4128_zps1d2482bb.jpg

Outside United States houseplants dracaena janet craig plant

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This is a dracaena. They need bright light (though not direct light.)
They also need thoroughly moist soil during the growing season spring to fall, but they should not sit in water. Waterlogged roots will drown (believe it or not, roots need oxygen) and symptoms begin with browning leaf tips and margins. Your plant's spots seem to all be on the margins. We'd recommend that you stop immersing your plant in water and simply water from the top of the pot until water is coming out the bottom.

In the winter, cut back on water somewhat. The soil should not be allowed to dry out, but keep barely moist. Let the top 1" of soil dry out between waterings.