Here's some helpful info on taking care of your own dracaenas.
Dracaena as with most tropicals
in almost any well drained soil
. Most growers use a mixture containing peat moss
. The majority of plants grown are in 6", 8", 10" and 14” pots. Some varieties such as Marginata
are grown in sizes up to 100 gallons and can reach heights of 15 or more feet. Most plants can grow in relatively small containers. Heights of 5-6 feet are not uncommon
in a 10” pot. This can cause the plant to become “top heavy”; use a larger decorative container to help balance the plant.
Depending on the indoor environment
watering should be weekly. Many people overwater
the plant keeping the soil soggy. Soil should be kept moist
but not soggy. Dracaenas like the soil to dry out between waterings, but excessive drying out can cause brown tips and edges. When watering, use water that is at room temperature
water should sit to allow chlorination
in the water can lead to tip burn. Janet Craig
is one variety that will tolerate considerable dryness BUT the plant should be relatively free of fertilizer
, this can also lead to tip burn. Dracaenas also grow very well with sub-irrigation
Dracaenas will survive low
interior light but would prefer bright filtered
light. (They also like fluorescent, makes 'em great for offices.) Position dracaenas near or opposite a curtained southern window
. Janet Craig has been used by interior plantscapers for many years when a low light dracaena is needed. Plants that have been acclimated
for use indoors should NOT be placed in direct
sun or it will sunburn
When grown indoors dracaenas have almost no need to be fertilized. If you must fertilize any well balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 will maintain
growth. Pelleted fertilizers also work but read instructions carefully. Indoors plants grow slower and therefore have lower requirements
. If you are going to fertilize apply approximately
1/4 recommended strength
. Over-fertilizing can produce burning of tips and roots
. Fertilizers can also cause tip burn if you allow your dracaena to dry out.
Dracaenas enjoy warm conditions
between 68-85 daytime
temperature and prefer a 10 degree drop at nighttime
. Cold, and drafty
conditions in the 40's and 50's will slow growth considerably. Extended periods below 50's can damage
leaves, stems and roots on some varieties. "Massangeana
" can begin to show leaf
damage at temperatures below 50 degrees and some varieties leaves will begin to spot with temperatures in the 40's and lower.
Humidity above 25-30% is best
but will tolerate
long periods down to 10-15%.
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