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The Dracaena family are native to Africa, Central America and Asia. They form part of the asparagus family and they get their name from the Greek dracaena meaning female dragon, due to the red resin in its stems that is said to resemble dragon blood. This variety of Dragon Tree originated in the tropics of Africa where it is often used as a decorative outdoor plant. It is fantastic for air purifying making it perfect for the home and office. The solid green varieties of Dracaena can cope with partial shade.
Neediness: This is a low maintenance houseplant. It will benefit from occasionally dusting the leaves to unblock its pores. If the environment has low humidity this plant will benefit from regular misting.
Watering: Water regularly during the spring and summer months, reduce during the winter. Wait until the top layer of soil is dry before watering gently, avoid over-watering as this can cause root rot. Leaves may discolour if overwatered, if underwatered they may appear to curl at the edges.
Ideal location: bedrooms, living rooms, studies, offices, bathrooms and kitchens
Rate of growth: slow growing. Will usually reach 1m indoors. To encourage a fuller plant it can be pruned during Autumn. Dracaena do naturally shed their lower leaves which turn yellow and fall off as the plant grows.
Temperature: keep at a normal room temperature. Do not let temperature drop below 13c.
Pets: this plant is toxic to cats and dogs. See our range of pet friendly plants if your pet is prone to nibbling.
Also known as: Steudner’s Dragon Tree
(Does not include decorative pot.)
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