Like other dracaenas these are fairly easy to care for and grow and can withstand a certain amount of neglect, but not as much as other dracaena plants. The song of India does need it's bright light and quite high humidity levels to thrive. The worst two things a grower can do is over water or allow the temperatures to drop very low.The leaves are the main attraction to this species - although it does flower. These leaves are glossy that arch over and grow up to 1ft long and a couple of inches or so wide.
Flowering: As mentioned this species can flower and blooms clusters of near white small flowers that are not very attractive or noticeable.
Another similarity to other dracaenas is the bottom leaves will begin to turn yellow and fall, which is totally the norm. They are just shedding leaves to grow new ones
Improving air quality: The Dracaena is one of the plants on NASA's air filtering plants list (part of the NASA clean air study) that reduces benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, within the air.
Removing toxins: The dracaena plant used in the NASA's clean air study which proved to remove a considerable amount of toxins from the environment.
Easy to grow: This plant is fairly easy to grow and quite tolerant of neglect (i.e., low light levels and lack of water), although it will start looking unattractive when neglected. The worst thing's to do with this plant is over water it or let it stay in direct sunlight for too long, otherwise it's a tough cookie.
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.
Pruning: You will find the lower leaves on this plant turn yellow after a period of time which is normal, and the leaves on this plant only have a life span of 2 - 3 years anyway. Remove the lower leaves when they begin to yellow. You can also cut the top of a cane (stem) when it has reached the height you wish it to grow up to and re-plant the cutting.
Toxicity: Toxic to cats and dogs, if eaten. Cats may have dilated pupils, and both cats and dogs can present symptoms such as vomiting, excess saliva and lack of appetite.
Pests and Problems: Dracaena plants are generally free from serious insect or disease problems. However, you should watch out for mealybugs, spider mites, and scale. Mealybugs and scale can both be treated with an insecticide that contains pyrethrin.
Dracaena is an adaptable, easy-to-care for house plant that does well indoors or outdoors in partial shade. Now that you know how easy it is to care for a dracaena plant, and are ready to grow one in your own home.
|Temperature||Temperatures from 60°F (15°C) - 75°F (24°C) are ideal. Under 55°F/12°C is going to harm the plant which may become noticeable if the leaves begin curling. Try and avoid the plant being near cold drafts, which will also cause harm.|
|sunlight||A good mix of sun shine and shade is ideal for this dracaena, but hardly any direct sunlight. Although it grows quicker and better in bright light you'll also find it survives and grows well enough in low light conditions.|
|Soil||Most well draining potting soil mix types are fine to use.|
|Water||Keep the soil slightly damp to the touch and in the winter slightly dry.|
|Fertilizer||From April until September use a liquid fertilizer that's diluted - once every 2 - 3 weeks.|
|Height of the Item||1.0 Ft|
|In The Box||One Plant without Pot|
|Disclaimer||The image is for reference purpose only. Actual plant may vary from the image shown as it is a natural plant and will vary piece to piece.|
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