Dracaena Umbraculifera

Description

Dracaena umbraculifera is a tree species thought to originate from the island nation of Mauritius. This species was considered to be extinct in the wild, with the only living specimens in botanical gardens around the world. Recently, a team researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden lead efforts to rediscover the species in Madagascar in 2013, following anecdotal evidence found on a Dave's Garde

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Dracaena Umbraculifera Care

Overview

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

Humidity

Your Dracaena Umbraculifera will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

Light

Your Dracaena Umbraculifera prefers bright, indirect sunlight, but can survive in low light situations.

Soil

Dracaena Umbraculifera plants grow well in a loose, quick-draining soil. These plants are from Hawaii and often arrive planted in lava rock. Remove 1/3 of the lava rock and replace it with a good potting mix.

Temperature

These plants prefer temperatures between 70°-80°F (21.1°- 26.7°C).

Watering

I would advise a grower to keep the soil slightly damp to the touch and in the winter slightly dry.

Fertilizing

Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer with an African Violet Plus Plant Food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Propagation

Dracaena Umbraculifera cuttings root in water, but the preferred method is to root them in a potting soil using a 5"-8" cuttings from the plant. Note which end of each cutting is the top and which is the bottom so you can plant them in the right direction.