Plant Care Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

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Dragon Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dragon Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About 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.


Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia

Also known as

Madagasgar Dragon, Aron and Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia

How to care for Dragon Tree


How often to water your Dragon Tree

Water needs for Dragon Tree
0.5 cups
every 12

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

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 Dragon Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Dragon Tree in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Growing Dragon Tree in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Dragon Tree in Houston, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

February 6th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Dragon Tree in Houston, Texas

Sunlight will increase by 27.7% ☀️

February 7th, 2023

Houston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to increase by 27.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.1 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Dragon Tree in Houston, Texas

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

February 6th, 2023

This month, Houston is getting an average of 6.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.1 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Dragon Tree in your home

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

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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Houston, Texas ⛅.


How to fertilize Dragon Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for 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 Dragon Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Dragon Tree

Nutrient needs for plant Dragon Tree in Houston, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

February 6th, 2023

The growing potential in Houston is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Difficulty Level

Dragon Tree 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 Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Dragon Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 190
Dragon Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 79
Dragon Tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 70
Dragon Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 67
Dragon Tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 23
Dragon Tree has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
Dragon Tree has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 423 XP
globe Reno, NV

Love the red coloring on the leaves. Looks very elegant. Keeps growing taller and taller.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Mal avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 445 XP
globe Huntington Beach, CA

Resilient in my experience. Not the fastest grower.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 8,402 XP

Hard time keeping this plant healthy inside. Does great outside in the summer and then limps begrudgingly through the winter.

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Megan avatar
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 14,583 XP
globe Washington, DC

Super easy plant. Doesn’t need water all that often and is pretty good at telling you when it does (it gets droopy).

Survivor Survivor
Hel3ng avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 216 XP
globe Nelson

Love the dragon tree. So easy just water and leave.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,481 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

It having good luck with my dragon trees at all

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,829 XP

I love how the leaves very clearly tell me when it needs water. “Oh are you droopy and sad? Want a drink?”

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leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 11,768 XP


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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 647 XP
globe Sicklerville, NJ

This is one of the only trees that has survived being owned by me. 😂 I’m getting better and it’s looking much better now too. It’s definitely a survivor!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 11,768 XP


Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Conway, SC

Super easy! I really don’t do anything to her but water and sunlight!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP

Very pretty but somewhat hard to take care of. Browns fairly easily. Not very beginners friendly.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bournemouth, England

So cuteeee

Survivor Survivor
Nubiangoddess avatar
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,481 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

Not having a great experience with this plant but I’m learning to take care of it fast cause it was dying fast now I’m hanging on by a string

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 2,322 XP
globe Ligonier, PA

This plant will bounce back after a little neglect

Survivor Survivor
Taylor97 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 283 XP
globe Saint George, Ontario

Love my dragon tree! Easy to look after and does well if left alone for a while.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 304 XP

She’s a strong independent woman and fights even when it’s a cat trying to use her as a scratching post

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Cedar Park, TX

Simple plant an easy back bro’s fast and survives bugs

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Allegany, NY

Doing great

Survivor Survivor
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@Sara jane
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 464 XP
globe Italy Cross, Nova Scotia

It hasn’t grown much in the couple years I’ve had it. I love a plant that blooms and I can see it’s nee growth. This ons has only really got taller. That is all.

Survivor Survivor

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