Guide to grow your first Dracaena

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Dracaena plants are really the perfect addition for your indoor office or your home. The heavenly looking leaves really add a dash of life to any boring setting. But how do you keep your plant healthy and keep it just as beautiful in the long run?

A little bit on history on the naming. Derived from the Greek word Drakaina, Dracaena literally translates to ‘female dragon’ plant. This is because the red resin that exudes from the cut stem of the plant was likened dragon blood. This backdrop is kind of interesting given that the blades of foliage from the plant kind of resembles dragon scales too.

One of the coolest things about the Dracaena is that it is one of the best plants to purify the air. If air purification inside your office is something you want, go ahead and get yourself a Dracaena. This plant goes by a bunch of other names too like- Pleomele and Song of India. Wipe the underside and upper side of these fat leaves with a wet cloth from time to time to keep the pores open and healthy.


Pleomele is one of those plants that plants that you don’t really need to fret about. No need to set timers and go full on crazy gardener mode. In comparison with other indoor plants, the Dracaena doesn’t need that much water. Keep them hydrated by misting the leaves with water and keeping the soil lightly misted as well with good drainage. Make sure that the topsoil is always dry out before you water it. Do not overwater, as it may cause root rot. Drooping or yellowing leaves could indicate over-watering or poor drainage, but don’t worry if you notice the bottom leaves begin to turn yellow and fall. It is normal for dracaena to shed leaves in order to grow new ones.


Direct light is the worst enemy for your Dracaena plant. Keep in mind that the direct sun can be too harsh for your plant and it might get dehydrated easily. The best way to keep your plant fresh and happy is by letting in filtered sunlight. This means, a light through a window curtain would do just fine. Semi-shade is something your prime goal. Given that you are going to grow it indoors, finding a spot won’t be so hard.


It is very important to note that Dracaena is toxic for cats and dogs. Cats may have dilated pupils, and both cats and dogs can present symptoms such as vomiting, excess saliva and lack of appetite. As a pet owner, it’s important to select your houseplants with care and doing so means being educated about plants that are poisonous to our furry friends. It is advisable to not grow this plant if you share your house with cats or dogs.

Final thoughts

We at Karuna Nursery love caring for our plants and educate fellow budding gardeners. I hope that this blog about the basics of growing a Dracaena has cleared out a few doubts. In case you have doubts or have something important you would like to add, just drop it down in the comments below. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Let’s develop green thumbs and grow together. Until next time.

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