Dracenas are a large family of tropical plants that are easy to care for as house plants. They come in a wide assortment of colors, sizes and growth habits.
Light – Bright, indirect is preferred, but Dracenas are adaptable to moderate and low light situations. Direct sunlight should be avoided as it can result in scorching
Water – Dracena prefer to dry out approximately half way between waterings. Be careful not to over water as it can result in leaf drop and root rot.
Soil – Well draining soil, such as Espoma Potting Soil. If your soil is staying too wet, add perlite or ease back on your watering.
Temperature – Most Dracena prefer temperatures between 65° and 80° though Dragon Tree Dracena can tolerate temperatures into the mid 50° range.
Humidity – While Dracenas are tolerant of average humidity levels, they prefer higher humidity. Regular misting, a tray of pebbles and water or a nearby humidifier are surefire ways to make your Dracena very happy. Alternatively, a bathroom is a great location for a Dracena as it’s the most humid room in your home.
Fertilization – Fertilize regularly spring, summer and fall with a balanced fertilizer, such as Bonide Liquid Plant Food. There is no need to fertilize in winter.
Size – Mature size varies depending on variety. Varieties, like Gold Dust, average 1 to 2 feet and others, like Corn Plant, can reach up to 10 feet.
Repotting – Repot as needed, usually every 2 to 3 years. Select a container no more than 1 size larger than its current pot with good drainage. For larger plants, add fresh soil to the container every 1 to 2 years and repot every 5 or 6 years.
Propagation – Easily propagated by cuttings.
Toxicity – Dracenas are moderately toxic to people and pets when ingested.