House Plant care - Draceana Fragrans

House Plant care - Draceana Fragrans

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant care - Draceana Fragrans


The growing tip of a dracaena plant emerges from a central stem, or trunk. As new leaves come out, the older-lower leaves die. The most common method of cultivation is for the grower to chop back a mature trunk so that three or four new stems can grow from the stump. Secondly, couple of plants can also grows huge bushes. For small spaces, growers may cut a mature cane into several small stumps and plant them individually, plants has the stability to grow finely after the major part of it is taken away. 


Sustaining the Plant:

There was a Dracaena fragrans alive for approximately a decade in an upstairs hallway with zero windows. Its leaves were narrow, long and very much dark in green. The upstairs lights must have been on for four hours a night at most, and I would estimate the light intensity received by the leaves to be no more than 30 foot-candles. Needless to say, he understood how to care for it. By keeping the soil just barely moist, free from debris, and well aerated, he created conditions where the plant made use of any available soil moisture before root-rot bacteria could take hold. All the plant needed was the support from the soil, but you cannot have a plant just to fill a beautiful corner. Taking care of it in any possible way is better.


Life with Draceana

After years of growth, dracaenas develop true character. Rotating the plant will set the trunk growing in the direction of the nearest window. You could create a nice spiral with regular turns. The lines, or scars, on the dracaena's trunk indicate where a leaf was attached. By an estimation of average leaf-drop rate, we can conclude the widely spaced section was the top of the plant years ago. What would have happened with the plant; we moved into a new space and put the plant in a bright window. In our old space, the plant had been used for a time as a typical plant in a sitting area far from any windows, and the growing tip was stretching out for more light, producing leaves more slowly, hence they produce the wider range of scars on the leaves in the new place.