This month's plant of the month is the dracaena kiwi!! This spunky plant is sure to add visual interest to any room in your house, with its tree-like tendencies and its unique foliage. Since this is our plant of the month, we are also offering 25% off all dracaena kiwi plants through the end of the month! And to help make sure you are prepared for your new houseplant, we have also included some care instructions below:
Light: Medium to bright indirect light
These plants are somewhat low-light tolerant, though they will grow best in bright indirect light! If you only have space with limited light conditions, that is fine, just be aware that they will have smaller leaves and slower growth, and you will also not need to water as much. Try to keep dracaena out of direct sunlight, as their leaves will burn in intense heat.
Water: Be careful not to overwater!
Over-watering is one of the most common reasons a dracaena will die. They get root rot very easily if their roots are allowed to sit in moist soil for extended amounts of time, and once root rot sets in, it is extremely difficult to save the plant. Let their soil dry out sufficiently, and then water deeply, letting the water drain from the bottom of the container. It could take up to 3 weeks to dry out in the winter. You can always test the soil before watering by sticking your fingers in the soil. If you can feel any moisture at all, wait another week. Planting your dracaena in a well-draining soil will also help it dry out and avoid root rot.
If the water you are giving your plant has fluoride or salt in it, it may cause your plant to develop brown tips. Soft yellow/brown tips may also be an indicator of over-watering. Dracaena will develop Leaf Spot Disease and root-rot if over watered. Several brown/yellow crispy leaves is your dracaena’s way of saying it needs more water.
Food: Help your plant out by fertilizing!
While fertilizing can be the difference between a mediocre plant and a thriving plant, dracaena do not require much fertilizer. They grow slowly, so feeding them once a month with a well-balanced water soluble fertilizer in the spring and summer is adequate. Do not fertilize in the fall and winter, as their growth slows even more and it could cause shock/damage to the plant. If you have any questions, ask us for fertilizer tips and recommendations!
Other Conditions: Things to be aware of...
Dracaena like living in a space that is between 65 and 80 degrees with basic home humidity (but they’re really not that picky). Easy peasy! Talk to us about how to prevent and treat spider mites, scale insects and mealy bugs, which these plants (and many houseplants) are susceptible to. Dracaena are native to Hawaii and do well in soil that is loose and fast-draining. Dracaena like being in a tight fitting pot.
Dracaena do not require pruning, but if they start developing bald spots on the canes, you can cut the cane where you would like to see new growth. New growth will appear under where you cut the cane. The portion which you cut off the mother plant can also be propagated with some rooting powder.
Dracaenas are included on NASA’s list of clean-air houseplants! They do a spectacular job of filtering the air in your house, giving you clean air to breathe.
While Dracaena are not harmful to humans, keep out of reach of pets as ingestion can cause stomach upset. If a pet ever does ingest any part of the plant, consult your veterinarian for advice.
If you ever have any other questions, please let us know! We are always happy to help with anything plant related.