How to care for a Dracaena

Dracaena's are easy plants, but there are a few things you need to remember when taking care of one. In this post I'm going to talk about some essential aspects of taking care of a Dracaena and some mistakes I have made to help you avoid those mistakes.

Water requirements

When it comes to watering, the Dracaena might be one of the most laid back plants you can imagine. When comparing the water needs, it's very similar to a succulent. Dracaena's need very little water and too much water will actually harm them. So when you're watering the Dracaena you want to let the soil dry out in between waterings and when you do water them, do it throroughly. However, make sure no excess water stays behind in the pot. A pot with draining holes would be ideal in this situation, but if you don't have one, just water it a little bit less.

In the growing seasons, spring and summer, you should water the Dracaena every 2-4 weeks, depending on the moisture levels of the soil. In the slower months, you should water the Dracaena every 4 weeks. make sure the soil dried out completely when you do so.

Light requirements

If you don't have a bright house, this plant will suit you perfectly. The Dracaena can't be in direct sunlight, so make sure you find a shaded, but bright spot. Technically, these plants will also do well in darker places, but then the Dracaena's will grow towards the light. They will looks their iconic straight stems and will start to curve towards the light.

Mistakes I have made

I have made a few mistakes with this plant, but luckily it's quite forgiving. These are the mistakes I learned and things you should avoid:

  1. Placing the plant in direct sunlight
  2. Overwatering the plant
  3. Placing the plant in a room with poor air circulation

Placing the plant in direct sunlight will burn the leaves and turn them light. This plant shouldn't be in direct sunlight, so move it into the room.

Overwatering the plant will cause the leaves to yellow and brown and fall off. Luckily this happens quickly, so you will know quite quickly that you've overwatered the plant. When this happens, try to get rid of the moisture and wait with further watering.

Placing the plant in a room with poor air circulation will cause black spots to appear the the leaves. This is a pretty tough thing to get rid of, so I ended up cutting all of the leaves off. It was a very sad moment, but since then the plant seems to be doing better. Keep the plant in a larger room, like the living room, where people are a lot of the time and fresh air from outside can come in.

I hope this guide helped you understand how to take care of a plant in the Dracaena family. They're all very similar in care needs, so that's why I've combined them into this single guide.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, let me know on Instagram or Twitter and I'll do my best to help you.

Posted on: November 29th, 2019

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