Dracaena

Dracaena plants are classified by their long, outward growing leaves. There are so many different varieties, but they all have a thick, strong center which playful leaves grow from.

 

DRACAENA VARIETIES:

Striped Dracaena Warneckii

The long, green and white striped leaves give this stunning plant its name. It is important to clean both the top and under side of these long, wide leaves to ensure dust is removed, allowing your plant to filter air through its pores easier. 

Light: low to bright indirect light ; can adapt to other light conditions 

Water: When the top 1″ of soil, water and allow the excess to drain out the bottom. If there is extra water that comes through to the saucer make sure to discard so there is no standing water; which can lead to root rot. 

 

Song of India Dracaena reflexa

This species of dracaena is more tree like, and has different shades of light and dark green throughout its leaves. The Song of India is easy to grow and low-maintenance for those busy plant parents. 

Light: medium to full indirect/filtered 

Water: When the top 1″ of soil, water and allow the excess to drain out the bottom. If there is extra water that comes through to the saucer make sure to discard so there is no standing water; which can lead to root rot. 


Gold Dust Dracaena surculosa 

Compared to other dracaenas, this plant is more compact. The Gold Dust has beautiful leaves with yellow and/or white speckles on deep green. 

Light: medium to bright filtered light 

Water: This dracaena is native to the rain forest, so it requires more frequent watering. Water once or twice a week, allowing excess moisture to drain, and never allowing the soil to dry out completely.

 

Easy Care Facts:

Humidity:

Dracaena will be happy with a light misting 1-2 times per week. During cooler months, get a humidifer to give extra moisture. 

Temperature:

average room temperatures, between 60-80 degrees

Toxicity:

Moderately toxic to pets, typically causing mild mouth irritation, stomach irritation, and possible vomiting.

Fertilizer: 

During warmers months when Dracaenas grow more frequently, feed with a diluted all-purpose liquid fertilizer. 

Water: 

If you notice the tips of the leaves turning brown (known as tipping), this is a common reaction to water containing to many chemicals found in tap water; including chlorine, fluoride, salts, etc. To prevent this use filtered water, rain water, or leave your water out overnight to allow more chemicals to evaporate.