Dracaena Reflexa, commonly known as “Song of India,” is a popular houseplant that can bring a tropical vibe to any space. This plant is native to Madagascar, Mauritius, and other islands in the Indian Ocean. The Dracaena Reflexa is a slow-growing plant that can reach a height of up to 8 feet. In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to grow and care for this beautiful plant.
The Dracaena Reflexa prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate low light, but it may not grow as well. Direct sunlight can damage the leaves and cause them to turn yellow or brown. It is best to place the plant near a north or east-facing window, or use a sheer curtain to filter the light.
The ideal temperature range for the Dracaena Reflexa is between 60-75°F. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 50°F and as high as 90°F. However, sudden temperature changes can cause the leaves to drop.
The Dracaena Reflexa prefers to be kept on the drier side. Overwatering can lead to root rot and eventually kill the plant. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. It is best to use room temperature water and avoid getting water on the leaves.
Fertilize the Dracaena Reflexa once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the dormant season (fall and winter).
Pruning is not necessary for the Dracaena Reflexa, but it can help maintain the plant’s shape and encourage new growth. Prune off any yellow or brown leaves with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
Pests and Diseases
The Dracaena Reflexa is relatively pest-free but can be susceptible to spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Check the leaves regularly for any signs of infestation and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary.