Dracaena or dragon plant?

Dracaena, like the Maidenhair Fern is a common indoor plant. Although quite a bit easier to look after, and a lot more hardy. This plant will really take care of itself with only a small bit of attention from you. Dracaena, meaning she-dragon in Latin is really the opposite of what we want to aim for when caring for this plan. Hopefully this post will help you look after your Dracaena.


Being a hardy house plant, they can really be left to grow in any area of the house. The only limiting factor may be it’s height. Some varieties of Dracaena can grow into a ‘tree’ of 1-2 metres in height, so it will pay to check how tall the variety you purchased can grow to (or to check prior to purchase if you want a shorter or taller variety). Leaf type also varies, with some wider, more tropical leaf types available. In New Zealand, spiky, flax looking Dracaena are the most widely available option. Depending on height these house plants can look really good place in a corner behind a sofa, next to the television, or next to a sideboard. For smaller plants they can look very at home on a coffee table or bookcase.

The Dracaena likes regular watering, with a well draining soil. As an indoor plant, this can be ensured through potting the Dracaena in a pot with drainage holes. Keep the soil moist, as with most plants, but make sure not to over water. Keep in a position that gets part to full sun, and where air can circulate through the leaves of the Dracaena. If the leaves yellow then you are over watering and if you cut back, then your Dracaena should spring back into dark green, luscious growth. You can fertilise, using a standard house plant, or flower fertiliser. I would only apply a small amount every few months for an indoor potted plant. Read your packet instructions for guidance.

To help keep your Dracaena in a shape that suits your home, you can zip-tie or use soft tomato ties to pull nearby Dracaena stems close to each other. For taller plants you can then train them up a support pole or stake. Generally the plants grow relatively straight-up, thin trunks over a period of time. For any unwanted ‘trunks’ or ‘branches’ you can cut these off and place them in a new pot of soil to grow yourself a new, free Dracaena plant.

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