Plant Care Gold Dust Dracaena

Gold Dust Dracaena

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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.


Dracaena surculosa

Also known as

Spotted Dracaena and Japanese Bamboo

How to care for Gold Dust Dracaena


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

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Gold Dust Dracaena

Gold Dust Dracaena

Gold Dust Dracaena

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


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
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globe Washington, DC

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

Survivor Survivor
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globe Leawood, KS

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

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globe Los Angeles, CA

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

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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So aesthetically pleasing, absolutely gorgeous leaves. In love with this plant.

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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
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globe Indianapolis, IN

Leaves curl quite a bit…pretty tempermental

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

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globe Montgomery, NJ

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.

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globe Miami, FL

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

very easy to take care of! good for beginners

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