Plant Care Canary Island Dragon Tree

Canary Island Dragon Tree

About Canary Island Dragon Tree

Did you know the genus name Dracaena comes from the Greek for ‘female dragon’? Some plants in this genus have thick, red resin which was reminiscent of dragon blood! 🐲 Dracaenas are native to Africa, Asia, and northern Australia, and are known for being super easy to care for. Some species can go months without water, and many can grow well in low sunlight.

Taxonomy

Dracaena draco
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Canary islands dragon tree, Drago, Dragton Tree and Dragontree

How to care for Canary Island Dragon Tree

💦 Water

How often to water your Canary Island Dragon Tree

Water needs for Canary Island Dragon Tree
0.5 cups
every 12

Canary Island Dragon Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Canary Island Dragon Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Canary Island Dragon Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Canary Island Dragon Tree: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Canary Island Dragon Tree can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Canary Island Dragon Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Canary Island Dragon Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Canary Island Dragon Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Canary Island Dragon Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Canary Island Dragon Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Canary Island Dragon Tree →

Common Canary Island Dragon Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Canary Island Dragon Tree thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Canary Island Dragon Tree Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Canary Island Dragon Tree can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Canary Island Dragon Tree Light Requirements →

Canary Island Dragon Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Canary Island Dragon Tree is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Canary Island Dragon Tree is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.


💨 Humidity

Canary Island Dragon Tree enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Canary Island Dragon Tree Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Canary Island Dragon Tree is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Canary Island Dragon Tree →

When and How to Successfully Repot Canary Island Dragon Tree →


💩 Fertilizer

Canary Island Dragon Tree grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Canary Island Dragon Tree to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Canary Island Dragon Tree is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Canary Island Dragon Tree bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Canary Island Dragon Tree will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Canary Island Dragon Tree →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Canary Island Dragon Tree can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Canary Island Dragon Tree. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Canary Island Dragon Tree

Canary Island Dragon Tree

Canary Island Dragon Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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