Dracaena Trifasciata

Description

Dracaena trifasciata is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. It is most commonly known as the snake plant, Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, and viper's bowstring hemp, among other names. Until 2017, it was known under the synonym Sansevieria trifasciata.

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Dracaena Trifasciata Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Normal room humidity is fine.

Light

Bright conditions with shade is suitable for the Dracaena plant. Direct sunlight will damage the leaves.

Soil

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

Temperature

Dracaena Trifasciata like comfortable room temperatures between 65-80 degrees.

Watering

Like all Dracaena, the Dracaena Trifasciata likes to be kept on the dry side. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. I always suggest keeping the plant a little root bound in a small pot so the soil can dry out quickly and the roots do not stay wet too long. When you do water, water well enough so that it comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Dracaena Trifasciata are very sensitive to fluorine in the water. If you water has a lot of chemicals in it, allow the water to sit out for 24 hours before using it; alternatively you can use rain water or distilled water.

Fertilizing

Dracaena Trifasciata 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

These are quite easy to propagate from stem tip cuttings, best done in spring or summer. You can also cut a new or old rosette and re-plant it. After replanting keep the soil moist and mist the leaves which will encourage the plant to grow. A tall plant can be propagated using the air layering method.