Dracaena Reflexa

Description

Dracaena reflexa is a tree native to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant, valued for its richly coloured, evergreen leaves, and thick, irregular stems.

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Dracaena Reflexa Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Normal household humidity is fine and misting the leaves is advised. They do like fresh air during the summer from an open window, and do not like stuffy hot rooms from central heating systems.

Light

Your Dracaena Reflexa will flourish in low to indirect bright light. In fact, the lower light helps maintain the dramatic lime coloring. When it resides in bright indirect light, the leaves will be a bit lighter in color. Bleached leaves indicate the plant is getting too much light.

Soil

Most well draining potting soil mix types are fine to use.

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

Dracaena Reflexa have a reputation for not needing a lot of water. True, but they need a thorough soaking when the soil dries out! Remember -- all plants need water! Dracaena Reflexa planted in a six-inch pot should be watered when the soil is dry four inches below the top. Use filtered water, rainwater, or distilled water, as these plants don't like salts or minerals. Dracaena Reflexa prefer dry soil; soggy soil promotes fungus and root rot.

Fertilizing

Dracaena Reflexa needs very little plant food. Feed once or twice a year in the spring and summer with a basic houseplant food at half the recommended strength. Too much fertilizer will cause the leaf tips to burn.

Propagation

Propagate Dracaena Reflexa using cane cuttings.