Dracaena

There are approximately 120 species of Dracaena trees and shrubs. Whether your favorite is Madagacar, Ribbon Plant, Corn Plant, or Lemon Lime, each will give you a great return for very little maintenance. This genus of plants can grow quite large and are best kept under control by removing the top portion of the plant.

 

New foliage will emerge from the cut area and you can propagate the cutting. If you give this hearty indoor plant the proper light and amount of water, it will become a lovely, long-term resident in your home.

Dracaena is NOT PET OR CHILD FRIENDLY. Dracaena is poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets and/or small children.

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Dracaena Care

Light: Filtered indoor light (such as through a sheer curtain in front of a sunny window) or a semi-shade spot. Never place a dracaena plant in direct sun, as the rays will burn its foliage.

Water: Dracaena require less water than most indoor plants. Keep them hydrated by misting the leaves with water and keeping the soil lightly misted (never soggy) as well with good drainage. Always allow the top soil to dry out before watering. Do not overwater, as it may cause root rot.

Drooping or yellowing leaves could indicate over-watering or poor drainage, but don’t worry if you notice the bottom leaves beginning to turn yellow and fall. It is normal for dracaena to shed leaves in order to grow new ones.

 

Considerations: These plants are sensitive to fluoride, which can be found in tap water, so it’s essential to use purified water when caring for this plant. Leaves with dark brown and dead areas with yellow edges may indicate fluoride toxicity.

Temperatures: Dracaena prefers temperatures ranging from 65 – 78℉ (day) ring the day.and 10 degrees colder at night. Temperatures less that 55 can harm the dracaena. Keep away from any heating or cooling appliances. Normal room humidity is accepable as the dracaena is such a hardy houseplant, but it does prefer a higher humidity of its natural rainforest habitat.