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Common types of Dracaena house plants are the Dracaena Marginata, Dracaena Warneckii, Dracaena Massangeana and the Dracaena Janet Craig. These are some of the best indoor house plants and make great additions to any home while requiring minimal care. Bright indirect light is best and they will take some morning sun. Most Dracaena house plants will tolerate lower light levels for some time with reduced watering frequency.
Dracaena is grown in a variety of forms including the tip, bush, staggered, character and standard. This versatile plant can be anywhere from one foot tall to twenty feet tall. You will not often find Dracaenas much larger than 6-7 feet tall except in interior landscapes or in nature.
Dracaena house plant problems or questions? You can send a Dracaena house plant care question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your house plants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.
Your indoor Dracaena plant will do best in a bright, indirect light situation. With good care, it can be maintained in somewhat lower lighting. Do not place in hot, direct sun. It is prone to root rot if over watered, especially in lower light. In very hot, sunny locations spider mites will often be a problem as will leaf scorch.
In high light areas be sure you do not let the soil dry out completely as your Dracaena will wilt and once this happens it will take a long time to recover. For the most part, Dracaena is a beautiful easy care house plant.
If you acquire a Dracaena plant in a fairly large pot size (over 10" inches in diameter), it would be a good idea to check the soil with a soil probe or moisture meter before you make the decision to water your Dracaena plant. See below for more information on watering your Dracaena and check out the page on watering your indoor house plants.
In lower to medium light, you should water your Dracaena house plant when the potting media has dried down 3/4 the depth of the pot. In very bright light, allow the soil to dry down about 1/2 of the soil depth before watering thoroughly. Please read the sections on watering and lighting for indoor house plants for more information on keeping your house plants healthy.
You will need to be careful watering Dracaena fragrans and most Dracaenas. New plants with minimal roots should be watered around the cane only. Established plants with a good root system can be watered thoroughly. They are very prone to rot if kept too wet.
Some signs of over-watering may be yellowing leaf tips, root rot and pale new growth with dark tips. More to the dry side is better but don't be extreme either. The first sign of under-watering will be a slight drooping of the leaves and leaf margins may start to curl.
Remove lower leaves as they yellow and trim brown tips to the natural leaf shape, as needed. It is normal for a new plant to shed some of its old foliage when it is moved to a new environment. Expect new additions to your home to do this. Given the proper care, it should acclimate and become a beautiful, trouble free plant.
Keep your Dracaena plant's foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Mites, mealybug, thrips and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control these pests. Just make sure you treat as soon as you notice a problem as they can and will damage your plant.
It is a good idea to quarantine any new additions to your houseplant family for a few weeks just to be sure there are not any insects that were not noticed at first. Wash down your new houseplant with a mixture of water and mild dish detergent. I like to add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to my plant cleaning solution. Apply to top and lower leaf and stem surfaces being careful not to saturate the soil. You can clean by hand or use a spray bottle to apply your plant cleaning solution. I use a sponge saturated with my cleaning solution to wipe the top and lower leaf surfaces. Cleaning of your house plants should be a regular part of your houseplant care.
Leave your plants in a nursery grow pot with drainage holes at the bottom and set that into the pretty container you purchased for your home. Having no way to remove excess water from the roots and soil makes it more likely that you will have a problem with over watering.
Make sure you size properly as there should be an inch or two of room between the decorative container and the nursery pot. This will provide adequate air circulation. If you must direct pot, use a clay pot as this is porous and will allow the root system of your plant to breathe.
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