Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India'
A member of the Asparagaceae plant family, the genus Dracaena houses around 100 species which are mostly native to Africa and southern Asia. Dracaena are sometimes called dragon plants, and the name originates from the ancient Greek “drakaina”, meaning female dragon. This name is given due to a red resin stored within the stems of the plant which some have likened to “dragons blood”. Younger Dracanea appear more bushy and shrub like, but as these plants grow and age they develop a woody stem, maturing into tree-like growth.
(Including Nursery Pot)
6" Nursery Pot: 12" H x 12" W
Dracaena are generally tolerant of a range of light conditions. Medium to bright indirect light is suggested. Direct sun should be avoided as this can lead to leaf burn. This plant can survive in lower light, but growth will significantly slow. Avoid extreme conditions such as bright direct sun and dark corners.
Water and Soil
Dracacna’s are slightly drought tolerant plants, and they should be allowed to dry out by about 50-70% between waterings. These plants are particularly susceptible to overwatering, and care should be taken to ensure your Dracaena is not watered unless the top layer of soil is completely dry. If your Dracaena begins to drop its leaves, this is normally a sign of overwatering. A standard well draining potting mix should suffice. The addition of perlite will help provide better drainage and soil aeration, while coco coir or peat moss can be added to help the soils absorbency.
Temperature and Humidity
Dracaena plants prefer room temperatures between 60 degrees F and 75 degrees. Temperatures below 50 degrees can damage this plants foliage, and should be avoided. Dracaena plants originate from Madagascar and other islands within the Indian Ocean, so they are used to naturally occurring humidity. While Dracaena would certainly appreciate higher humidity, these plants tend to do fine in the lower humidity which is found within most homes.
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