How To Care for Dracaenas



Coming in many different shapes and sizes, dracaenas make a unique, edgy and beautiful addition to any interior. In addition to their beauty, they also are fantastic air purifiers. These plants adapt very well to a variety of environments, and are fairly hardy houseplants. Depending on the variety, they can come with lovely accents of color from bright green to pinks and purples.


Sunlight


Dracaenas grow best in bright, indirect light.


Be wary of placing them in direct sunlight, as too much direct sun will scorch their leaves! Dracaenas are fairly hardy houseplants, so even if they are in a partly shady area, they will still be fine, though they may grow a little slower. Simply make sure to water less if they are receiving less sun, as they won't use up all their water quite as quickly.


Soil


Plant your dracaena in soil that drains well!


Soil that retains too much water will pose issues down the road. If the roots of your plant stay too moist, they will start to develop root rot, which once this has taken hold of your plant, it is very difficult to reverse the effects.


Ensure that your soil drains well enough by mixing your potting soil with some perlite or sand. This will allow your plant to get the water it needs, while also avoiding the soil from holding on to too much water, thereby causing damage to your plant.


Water


As a general rule of thumb, a dracaena can be watered once every other week.


These plants really do not need as much water as other houseplants. While once every two weeks is a good general guideline for watering, this may fluctuate depending on the time of year or the environment it is in. This being said, it is smart to check your plant before watering to make sure you do not water too often. Be sure to wait for the soil to dry out before watering. You can check this by sticking your fingers into the soil. If you can feel moisture a couple inches under the surface, let the plant dry out for another week and check again. You will know that your plant is ready to be watered when you feel no moisture in the soil.


If the leaves of your dracaena ever begin to turn yellow and droopy, this is a sure sign of overwatering or soil that does not drain well enough. Simply do not water your dracaena for a while to be sure that the soil has a chance to dry out. If you are worried about the plant not being in the proper soil, head to your local garden center and pick out some soil to repot the plant in. This will aid you in the long run with not overwatering your dracaena.


Temperature and Humidity


Dracaenas prefer temperatures ranging anywhere from 65-78°F.


They do not like cold drafts or temperatures below 55°F, and temperatures this cold can cause harm to the plant. Because of this, it is best to keep them inside and away from any air vents that might blast them with cold air, or drafty windows that may leak cold air in the winter.


Dracaenas also benefit from misting the leaves. This helps it absorb some of the water and moisture it needs through its leaves. You can also mist the soil, keeping it damp, but never soggy. This will help increase the humidity levels around the plant, keeping it happy and healthy!


Size


Draceanas can vary greatly in size, from several inches tall to several feet tall!