Plant Care Gold Dust Dracaena

Gold Dust Dracaena

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Gold Dust Dracaena has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Gold Dust Dracaena

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 surculosa
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Spotted Dracaena and Japanese Bamboo

How to care for Gold Dust Dracaena

💦 Water

How often to water your Gold Dust Dracaena

Water needs for Gold Dust Dracaena
0.5 cups
every 12

Gold Dust Dracaena 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 Gold Dust Dracaena

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Gold Dust Dracaena in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Gold Dust Dracaena: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Gold Dust Dracaena 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 Gold Dust Dracaena in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Gold Dust Dracaena

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Gold Dust Dracaena is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Gold Dust Dracaena →

Common Gold Dust Dracaena Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Gold Dust Dracaena 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.

Gold Dust Dracaena Water Frequency →

Gold Dust Dracaena Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Gold Dust Dracaena 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 🏡.

Gold Dust Dracaena Light Requirements →

Gold Dust Dracaena Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Gold Dust Dracaena 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.

Gold Dust Dracaena Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Gold Dust Dracaena 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.

Gold Dust Dracaena Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Gold Dust Dracaena 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 Gold Dust Dracaena →

When and How to Successfully Repot Gold Dust Dracaena →


💩 Fertilizer

Gold Dust Dracaena 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Gold Dust Dracaena →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Gold Dust Dracaena 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

Gold Dust Dracaena is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Gold Dust Dracaena bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Gold Dust Dracaena grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Gold Dust Dracaena →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Gold Dust Dracaena can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Gold Dust Dracaena Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Gold Dust Dracaena can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 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 Gold Dust Dracaena, 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 Gold Dust Dracaena

Gold Dust Dracaena

Gold Dust Dracaena


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

Gold Dust Dracaena has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Gold Dust Dracaena has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Gold Dust Dracaena has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Gold Dust Dracaena has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Gold Dust Dracaena has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Gold Dust Dracaena has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@MeganO avatar
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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
01/18/2022

Easy, not picky on watering. Likes a lot of light to bring out spots on the leaves.

Survivor Survivor
@KaylieS avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Leawood, KS
01/13/2022

This guys is pretty and very chill. Seems to be pretty low maintenance (knock on wood).

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leaf-1 64 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA
11/05/2021

Had one before but I put it outside and it died but it was alive for a long time
Before it died so hands down this is my favorite plant

Survivor Survivor
@am3berg avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 112 XP
06/22/2021

So aesthetically pleasing, absolutely gorgeous leaves. In love with this plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@GoingCoastal avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 1,137 XP
05/30/2021

This little guy has gone through a lot of stages - from healthy, to kind of sick, and back to healthy. Try not to water with fluoridated tap water. Mine is doing much better with filtered. Seem to have hit the sweet spot on light - North facing window with no direct light, but plenty of filtered light. Finally seeing new growth again 😊

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@Camillering3 avatar
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leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe Indianapolis, IN
05/28/2021

Leaves curl quite a bit…pretty tempermental

@Nina1234 avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 84 XP
05/18/2021

Thai plant can die and then completely come back. It’s not very easy to take care of either.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@stargirl avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Montgomery, NJ
05/16/2021

i got this little baby by chance off a clearance aisle for just a dollar. sprouted quickly and beautifully and one of the first houseplants i ever got.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 51 Plants
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globe Miami, FL
05/09/2021

I just got mine, it’s so finicky! I haven’t figured it out yet. I don’t know what it wants from me!!! Lol.

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globe Cedarville, OH
05/07/2021

very easy to take care of! good for beginners

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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