Native to Southeast Asia, Dracaena plants are one of the most common household plants worldwide. With its dark green leaves spilling from the top, the Dracaena is one of the easiest plants to take care of.
In this article, we’ll be discussing how often to water Dracaena plants for them to grow. Thankfully the plants are low maintenance, meaning they won’t require all that much effort to thrive.
How Often to Water Dracaena Plants?
To keep the soil with an even moisture level, you should water Dracaena plants every 10-14 days. Avoid having soggy soil since the plant is prone to root rot, decolorization, and roots decaying.
The Dracaena plant doesn’t need to be watered very often. If you’re ever in doubt about watering a plant, let it dry out. The plant is relatively drought-tolerant, so it can handle not receiving water often. However, you don’t want the plant to go without having water to the point where it gets bone dry.
There needs to be a delicate balance for the Southeast Asian plant. Falling into a regular watering routine will keep the Dracaena happy and growing. The Dracaena also appreciates humid environments along with pebble trays and regular misting.
How to Care of a Dracaena Plant
The key to knowing how to take care of your Dracaena plant is finding a well-draining soil to grow it on. Most plants won’t survive if their roots are sitting in the water you feed them with. It’s crucial to find soil that drains the water so that the soil doesn’t become soggy.
You should feed your plant appropriate fertilizer about every two weeks in the spring and the summer. The fertilizer you use should be a balanced houseplant fertilizer, a fertilizer with identical macro-nutrients in the formula.
Once fall arrives, you should reduce the amount of fertilization to about one a month. Then in the winter, you should seize fertilization until the spring—the Dracaena benefits from a period of dormancy.
Also, the ideal light you should be giving the Dracaena should be a filtered one. We suggest putting the plant through a sheer curtain in front of a sunny window. Direct, unfiltered sunlight may cause scorched spots on leaves, causing them to turn brown.
For the Southeast Asian plant, the temperature advised to keep the plant is at about room temperature during the day. The temperature does get a little lower when night time falls, but the Dracaena is forgiving of temperatures, as long as they are not too cold.
When it comes to growing Dracaenas, although they may be low maintenance, complications do present themselves as they do with every plant. Here are a couple of issues you may run into when growing your own Dracaena.
Leaves Turning Brown or Yellow
If your plant begins to discolorize its leaves, the plant will slowly lose its lower leaves. As concerning as this may be, “tipping” is normal with this plant variety. It’s natural for the lowest leaves to turn yellow or brown as the plant grows taller.
If your plant is losing an excessive amount of leaves, then it’s time to consider taking some action. We suggest either adjusting the amount of water or sunlight you give the plant.
For larger floor plants, it is suggested that you should repot every 18-24 months. Try to keep the new pot just a little bigger than its original pot. Choosing a larger pot than the previous could drown the plant roots.
If you prefer to keep the same size of your plant, repot in the same vessel. Make sure to cut away at some of the roots and foliage while providing entirely new soil.
It should be noted that Dracaena plants are sensitive to fluoride and will turn the leaves brown or yellow. Public water supplies often contain fluoride, which is concerning when picking what water you use to water your plants.
If your leaves become increasingly brown and yellow becomes an issue, consider watering the plants using bottled water. This way, you’ll avoid using public water with fluoride and see how your plants are affected.
Every plant has its unique living condition that it needs to live by to survive, and the Dracaena is no exception. Knowing how often to water Dracaena is crucial to how well it thrives. Please pay attention to the condition of your Dracaena to identify its watering needs. Do this, and you’ll have a thriving long-lasting Dracaena plant relationship.
Now that you know the basics of growing a Dracaena plant, what are you waiting for? Start your plant growing journey now!