Dracaena Pethera

Description

Dracaena pethera, synonym Sansevieria kirkii, also known as star sansevieria, is a succulent plant native to Tanzania and the surrounding region in East Africa.

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Dracaena Pethera Care

Overview

Humidity
50% - 60%
Light
Medium (Light - Indirect)
Soil
Mix soil
Temperature
More than 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

The humidity for the Dracaena Pethera is just as important as water and light requirements. Simply put, the higher the humidity, the better. Mist your plant a couple of times per week. Brown tips on the plant will signify that the humidity is too low.

Light

Your Dracaena Pethera prefers medium indirect sunlight but can survive in low light situations. Brown spots on the leaves or pale, bleached leaves usually indicate the plant is getting too much light. Leaves with less variegation, slow growth, and small new leaves indicate it is not getting enough light.

Soil

Use a fast-draining well-aerated loose soil. Dracaena Pethera can even be grown in soil mixed with lava rock.

Temperature

Dracaena prefers temperatures ranging from 65 - 78°F during the day. Night temperatures can drop about ten degrees cooler, but cold drafts and temperatures below 55°F will harm the plant. Make sure that you display your Dracaena away from any heating or cooling appliances. Natural room humidity is fine seeing as the Dracaena is such a hardy houseplant, but it does prefer the higher humidity of its natural rainforest habitat. You can improve humidity with a commercial humidifier or by placing the plant on a tray of pebbles, with water reaching just below the pebble tops.

Watering

Water your plant thoroughly and allow the top 75% of the soil to dry before watering again. In low light, allow the soil to dry completely before watering. Water your plant less in the winter, when light levels are lower and growth has slowed. Overwatering will cause leaves to turn yellow and fall off, as well as root rot, and the eventual death of the plant.

Fertilizing

Feed monthly in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing with a basic houseplant food diluted to 1/4 the recommended strength.

Propagation

A Dracaena Pethera is propagated by Stem Cuttings.