January Plant of the Month: Dracaena Kiwi
What to watch out for: They will have smaller leaves and slower growth if the light is too low and their leaves will burn in direct sunlight.
Water: Over-watering is one of the most common reasons a Dracaena will die. Let them dry out and then water deeply, letting the water drain from the bottom of the container. It could take up to 3 weeks to dry out in the winter.
What to watch out for: If the water you are giving your plant has fluoride or salt in it, it may cause your plant to develop brown tips. Brown tips may also be an indicator of over-watering. Dracaena will develop Leaf Spot Disease and root-rot if over watered. Several yellow leaves is your Dracaena’s way of saying it needs more water.
Food: Dracaena do not require much fertilizer. They grow slowly. Feed them once a month with a well-balanced water soluble fertilizer in the spring and summer and do not fertilize in the fall and winter. Ask us for fertilizer recommendations!
Other Conditions: They like living in a space that is between 70 and 80 degrees with basic home humidity (but they're not that picky). Easy peasy! Talk to us about how to prevent and treat spider mites, scale insects and mealy bugs which these plants (and many houseplants) are susceptible to. Dracaena are native to Hawaii and do well in soil that is loose and fast-draining. Dracaena like being in a tight fitting pot.
Pruning: Dracaena do not require pruning, but if they start developing bald spots on the canes, you can cut the cane where you would like to see new growth. New growth will appear under where you cut the cane.
More Helpful Information: Dracaena is on NASA's list of clean-air houseplants. While Dracaena are not harmful to humans, keep out of reach of pets as ingestion can cause stomach upset.