Plant Care Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

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About Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

The Lemon Lime Dracaena has bright, eye-catching leaves with characteristic stripes down the center. The protective resins inside cornstalk dracaena are in Dragon’s Blood, a bright red pigment, varnish, medicine, incense, and dye that has been used across ancient cultures for thousands of years. This plant rarely blooms, but when it does, its flower blooms at night and emits smells that attract night pollinators, like moths. 🦇

Taxonomy

Dracaena fragrans 'Lemon Lime'
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

💦 Water

How often to water your Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

Water needs for Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'
0.5 cups
every 12

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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 Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

Water 0.5 cups every
12

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dracaena 'Lemon Lime': 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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 Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dracaena 'Lemon Lime': 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 Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' →

Common Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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.

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Water Frequency →

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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 🏡.

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Light Requirements →

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' is not safe to consume. 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. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Toxicity to Cats →

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Toxicity to Dogs →

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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.

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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 Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' →


💩 Fertilizer

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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 Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' 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 Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Dracaena 'Lemon Lime', since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 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.


Care Summary for Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime'


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.

What other plant parents say

Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 11
Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Dracaena 'Lemon Lime' has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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Easy to care for

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Easy plant!

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Fun too watch grow. Literally survives anything. Leaves brown easy in sun.

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i like ittt

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The drama of this beauty! She is easy, but what a lovely show she provides each day!

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I’ve had this plant for a while, we’ve been through a lot. I still love my baby even though it’s always browning on me! I repotted her recently so she seems happy.

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