Plant Care Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

4.5 out of 5 (292 experiences)

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.

Taxonomy

Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Madagasgar Dragon, Aron and Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia

How to care for Dragon Tree

Water

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 San Francisco, California.

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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 San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

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Growing Dragon Tree in San Francisco right now

Light needs for plant Dragon Tree in San Francisco, California

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Francisco is currently very low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Dragon Tree in San Francisco, California

Sunlight will decrease by 24% ☀️

December 4th, 2022

San Francisco is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Francisco is expected to decrease by 24% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.2 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant Dragon Tree in San Francisco, California

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 4th, 2022

This month, San Francisco is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of…

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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 San Francisco, California ⛅.

Nutrients

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 San Francisco, California

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

December 5th, 2022

The growing potential in San Francisco 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…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Francisco, California, 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
Ventidepresso avatar
@Ventidepresso
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 423 XP
globe Reno, NV
01/27/2022

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
@Mal
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 420 XP
globe Huntington Beach, CA
01/07/2022

Resilient in my experience. Not the fastest grower.

Survivor Survivor
Gor4red avatar
@Gor4red
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 8,023 XP
12/22/2021

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
@Megan
leaf-1 87 Plants
xp 14,519 XP
globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

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
@Hel3ng
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 216 XP
globe Nelson
11/07/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nubiangoddess avatar
@Nubiangoddess
leaf-1 72 Plants
xp 4,481 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
11/01/2021

It having good luck with my dragon trees at all

Browns easily Browns easily
Kristalee avatar
@Kristalee
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,829 XP
10/28/2021

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

R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 11,017 XP
10/15/2021

Resilient

Amiesplants avatar
@Amiesplants
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 636 XP
globe Sicklerville, NJ
10/12/2021

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
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 11,017 XP
10/04/2021

Resilient

Survivor Survivor
Allireid avatar
@Allireid
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Conway, SC
09/17/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Emmamars avatar
@Emmamars
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
09/06/2021

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

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Madeleine avatar
@Madeleine
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bournemouth, England
09/05/2021

So cuteeee

Survivor Survivor
Nubiangoddess avatar
@Nubiangoddess
leaf-1 72 Plants
xp 4,481 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
09/02/2021

I’m
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
Polkadotgreenery avatar
@Polkadotgreenery
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 2,117 XP
globe Ligonier, PA
08/07/2021

This plant will bounce back after a little neglect

Survivor Survivor
Taylor97 avatar
@Taylor97
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 283 XP
globe Saint George, Ontario
08/06/2021

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
Jmplantlover avatar
@Jmplantlover
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 304 XP
07/29/2021

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
Jackattack4510 avatar
@Jackattack4510
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Cedar Park, TX
07/28/2021

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Soccer21 avatar
@Soccer21
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Allegany, NY
07/27/2021

Doing great

Survivor Survivor
Sara jane avatar
@Sara jane
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 464 XP
globe Italy Cross, Nova Scotia
07/26/2021

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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