Dracaena - Growing Instruction & Care

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Dracaena (
Family: Asparagaceae
Common Name: Corn Plant, Dragon Tree
Botanical Name: Dracaena deremensis, Dracaena steudneri, Dracaena marginata, Dracaena fragrans (see below for available varieties)
Pet Friendly: No

Are you searching for a houseplant that's easy to maintain yet brings a touch of verdant charm to your home? Look no further than Dracaena! With over 120 distinct species, these versatile plants offer an array of unique features to match any style or preference. Even better, Dracaenas require minimal upkeep and can thrive for years with the right care. If you're ready to grow your very own Dracaena, consider these essential tips to ensure your plant flourishes. From selecting the perfect potting soil to providing the ideal light and temperature conditions, each step is crucial to keep your Dracaena healthy and vibrant. With their lush foliage and effortless elegance, Dracaena plants can undoubtedly elevate any living space. So why not add one to your home today and enjoy the benefits of a low-maintenance yet stunning indoor plant?

  1. Light: Provide your Dracaena with filtered, bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can damage the leaves.

  2. Water: Water your Dracaena thoroughly when the soil dries out. Check the top four inches of soil for dryness before watering. Use filtered water, rainwater, or distilled water to avoid salt and mineral buildup.

  3. Soil: Use nutrient-rich potting soil that is loose and drains well. Avoid soil with moisture-retaining crystals and opt for organic matter like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves.

  4. Temperature: Keep your Dracaena in temperatures above 65℉, away from drafty doors and windows.

  5. Humidity: Provide higher humidity levels during summer or in heated environments. Use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water to create the ideal environment.

  6. Fertilizer: Feed your Dracaena once a month during the growing season with a ¼ diluted complete liquid fertilizer or fish emulsion. You can also top-dress with rich organic compost.

  7. Growth Rate: Dracaenas grow at different rates, and it may take years to reach maturity. Be patient and provide optimal growing conditions.

Remember, if you notice leaf drop or brown and brittle tips, adjust your watering and humidity levels accordingly. With the proper care, your Dracaena will thrive for years to come.

If you're looking to purchase growing supplies or plants, visit American Plant Supply, where you can find a wide variety of Dracaena and other indoor plants to add to your collection. Happy growing!