Dracaena Song of India (Dracaena reflexa)
The Song of India has what could be described as elegant Dr. Seuss vibes. This beautiful Dracaena features long thin creamy yellow and green leaves that twist and curl around delightfully funky shaped stems.
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The Dracaena Song of India belongs to a collection of over 120 species of trees and succulent shrubs in the Asparagaceae family. It is a highly tolerant and adaptable plant that is valued for its striking two-toned green and yellow leaves that grow in curling formations on distinctive stems.
Origin & Native Environment
The Song of India is native to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and other nearby islands of the Indian Ocean. Dracaenas, members of the Asparagaceae family, are understory plants in their natural habitat and thrive in low light conditions.
The name Dracaena is derived from the Greek word drakaina, which means female serpent or dragon. Dracaena reflexa is commonly called Song of India for its origins in the islands of the Indian Ocean.
Water once every week to ten days. Dracaenas will tolerate many things, but soggy soil is not one of them. When kept in lower light conditions, they will need less water. Water when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry.
Thrives in bright to medium indirect sunlight, but it can tolerate low light conditions. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, while low light may slow growth.
Use a loose, well aerated soil mix with great drainage. Add sand to an all purpose soil mix, or make your own by combining compost, peat moss, pine bark, and sand. Prefers soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Dracaenas are sensitive to fluoride build up, so avoid perlite.
This highly tolerant plant will acclimate to most indoor growing conditions, but they appreciate a relative indoor humidity of 40-50%. Browning on the leaves suggest that additional humidity may be helpful.
Dracaenas can do well in a wide range of indoor conditions, but they thrive in a temperature range of 65°F to 80°F. The leaves will discolor if indoor temperatures move higher than 90°F.
Fertilize minimally. Fertilize once a month during spring and summer with a balanced, all purpose plant food diluted to a quarter strength.