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Dracaena

Dracaena

A plant that needs little maintenance? That's the Dracaena! The Dracaena is also called the Dragon Blood Tree. Originally it comes from Africa, but also the tropics of Asia and Central America are not unknown to the Dracaena. There are several species of Dragon's blood trees. No less than 100 different species. Although there are only ten species really known as houseplant. And as an office plant of course! Because with so little maintenance the plant also fits very well in an office.

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Dracaena

A plant that needs little maintenance? That’s the Dracaena! The Dracaena is also called the Dragon Blood Tree. Originally it comes from Africa, but also the tropics of Asia and Central America are not unknown to the Dracaena. There are several species of Dragon’s blood trees. No less than 100 different species. Although there are only ten species really known as houseplant. And as an office plant of course! Because with so little maintenance the plant also fits very well in an office.

Dracaena

A plant that needs little maintenance? That’s the Dracaena! The Dracaena is also called the Dragon Blood Tree. Originally it comes from Africa, but also the tropics of Asia and Central America are not unknown to the Dracaena. There are several species of Dragon’s blood trees. No less than 100 different species. Although there are only ten species really known as houseplant. And as an office plant of course! Because with so little maintenance the plant also fits very well in an office.

Half-shade

Water every 2 weeks

Air-purifying

1x a month plantnutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Half-shade

Water every 2 weeks

Air-purifying

1x a month plantnutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Dracaena?

The best location
The Dragon Tree is not easily worried. Not even about where you put her. That place? She really doesn’t care! Even if you put her in the half shade. That’s fine. As long as she gets at least three hours of indirect sunlight a day. She doesn’t ask for much else. Only put a Dracaena next to the window if there is not much sun. She’ll feel better further away from a window. To get an extra full Dragon Tree it is best to turn her once in a while. We turn our plants ourselves after watering. As a kind of ritual. This way you don’t forget to turn the Dragon Tree! Wanna bet?

Watering the Dracaena
A Dracaena plant consumes little water. It is also not necessary to keep the soil constantly moist. Only when the top of the soil feels dry does it need water again. It is best to water her once every 1 or 2 weeks in the summer. In winter it is best to forget the Dragon Tree a little. She can do very well without water! From autumn onwards, you can lower the watering to once every 3 to 4 weeks. And even though this is not often, she doesn’t need litres of water. Do you give her too much water? Then root rot will soon occur. You can recognize root rot in a Dragon Tree by its trunk. This feels soft.

Plant nutrition

Extra food for the Dracaena is certainly necessary. There is food in the soil for 6 to 8 weeks. The Dracaena has already used up this nutrition in the beginning of spring. It is therefore important to give the Dracaena extra nutrition. For a Dracaena you can use Universal Houseplant Nutrition. We recommend feeding the Dracaena with plant nutrition at least once a month. In any case, make sure that you no longer give it extra nutrition from autumn onwards. Plant nutrition in the autumn can be harmful to the plant.

Repotting

Repotting the Dragon Tree is not necessary every year. That saves again! We recommend repotting the plant once every 2 years. And when the houseplant grows out of the flowerpot of course! The best time to repot? Spring. It is best to repot in the spring, because then the plant is full of energy again. Energy that the Dracaena can use to repair any root damage. When repotting, it is best to choose a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one.

Air purifying function

The Dracaena is a very air-purifying plant. She likes to ensure a healthy living environment by sending some extra oxygen into the air. During the day she opens her stomata. These convert the CO2 that hangs in the air to oxygen. In addition, the Dracaena also removes harmful substances, such as Benzene, from the air. Ideal? As far as we are concerned, yes!

Is the Dragon Tree poisonous?

The Dracaena is poisonous as soon as you prune the plant. This releases moisture that can be toxic to pets. In addition, eating the leaves can cause stomach problems. The Dracaena is especially poisonous to cats. Do you discover that the plant has been eaten? Always contact your vet to be sure. Especially when the cat starts to show strange behavior.

Diseases and peculiarities

Although the Dragon Tree is so easy to maintain, it has a lot less fun ailments. For example, a Dragon’s Blood Tree is very susceptible to vermin. Different forms of aphids can occur in the Dragon’s Blood Tree. From scale insects and scale insects to mealybugs. The latter mainly occurs when the plant is in danger. To treat the aphid we recommend the use of pesticides.

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