Dragon Tree Care Instructions

Dragon Tree

Scientific name: Dracaena Sp.
Synonyms: Dragon Tree

Dragon Trees have distinctly shaped sword-like leaves making them an attractive addition to any home or office space. They are very popular due to their easy care requirements, such as requiring less water than most indoor plants. They also have air purifying capabilities, making them a near perfect house plant.

Dragon trees are wonderful floor level plants but can also look fantastic lifted off the ground using a low level stool.

NOTE: Dragon Trees are poisonous to pets. May cause some allergies in humans - Keep away from small children.

Common Symptoms

  • Sudden Leaf Drop or Droopy Leaves: Can be caused by overwatering. Asses your watering schedule and adjust accordingly, usually reducing it and letting the top layer of soil dry out in between watering. Also check potting mix and ensure that it is well draining.
  • Dry Leaf Tips & Edges: These are a result of under watering and low humidity. Aim to keep the soil lightly moist, and only allow the top layer to dry out in between watering.
  • Dry Round Patches & Streaks on leaves: This is caused by direct sun hitting the leaves. Move your Dragon Tree into a bright space with bright light but no sun hitting the leaves.
  • Pale Foliage: Your plant is not getting enough light. Move your plant to a brighter spot, where it gets more bright indirect light.
  • Yellowing Tips of Leaves: Discolouration is different to dry leaf tips. This symptom could be a result of too much fertilizer. Alternatively, it could be the result of using municipal tap water with flouride. Assess your fertilizer schedule and fertilize less or use a weaker solution. And definitely switch to natural source of water should you be using municipal water.

    Care Instructions

    • Origin: Majority of the species native to Africa
    • Height: In the wild, up ± 15meters. Given pot size, indoors, likely only up to 2 - 3 meters maximum.
    • Light: Medium to bright filtered light
    • Water: Water the plant thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out 50% between watering.. Adjust watering frequency according to how much light your plant is receiving. 
    • Humidity: Average room humidity is fine, however, if you find the edges of your leaves are dry and brown you should raise the humidity levels. You can do this by simply misting the leaves regularly with a spray bottle.
    • Temperature: Dragon trees like comfortable room temperatures between 18°C – 26°C, they do not like temperatures to drop below 15°C unless it is for short period of time.
    • Soil: Use all-purpose soil that is well draining to ensure the plant does not remain overly wet after watering.
    • Fertilizer: Feed once a month during Spring & Summer, with a good balanced organic fertilizer, when the plant is growing and in need nutrition. 
    • Repotting: Repot every 2 – 3 years during spring, or when the plant clearly becomes pot bound. Replenish with fresh soil.
    • Propagation: Cut a stem in multiple parts, at least 5cm long, and remove the leaves. Make sure to start the cut right underneath a stem junction. Place the cut off stem in a water filled clear container. Position the container in a bright place and exchange the water every 2 to 3 days. After a few weeks, first roots will develop.  Once there are a good proportion of roots, plant into well-draining moist soil.

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