Dracaena

Care Guide

Dracaena Care

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Meet Dracaena

Dracaenas compose of a large group of popular foliage plants. Most grow strongly upright with long variegated leaves with a large array of colors. Dracaenas grow well at average room temperatures and like ample light. Dracaena houseplants are easy to care for and maintain. It tolerates low light conditions and has fairly low watering needs.

 

  • Light: Filtered indoor light (such as through a sheer curtain in front of a sunny window) or a semi-shade spot is an ideal location. Never place a dracaena plant in direct sun, as the rays will scorch its foliage.
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Water: Always allow the topsoil to dry out before watering. Drooping or yellowing leaves could indicate over-watering or poor drainage. Keep your Dracaena hydrated by misting the leaves with water and keeping the soil lightly misted. 
  • Humidity: High
  • Temperature: Dracaena prefers temperatures ranging from 65° – 78° F during the day. Night temperatures can drop about ten degrees cooler, but cold drafts and temperatures below 55° F will harm the plant.
  • Difficult Level: Easy

 

 

Common Problems Q&A

Why does my plant have brown tips?

This is most commonly caused by under watering or letting the soil dry out for extended periods of time. Allow the top soil to dry about 75% and then water your plant. Make sure the soil never dries out completely but also is not wet or soggy.
 
Why are my leaves yellowing?
 
This is likely caused by overwatering. Dracaena plants like to be damp but do not want to be wet or oversaturated. Keeping a regular watering schedule will help prevent this.
 
Why do my leaves have white or yellow spots?
 
These spots generally develop because the plant is in direct sunlight and experiencing low temperatures. It is best place your dracaena in a place with filtered indoor light. Dracaena plants also prefer temperatures ranging from 65° – 78° F during the day.