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.

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.

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

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 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dragon Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 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.

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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!


💦 Water Needs

Dragon Tree 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dragon Tree 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.


💨 Humidity

Dragon Tree 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.


🪴 Soil

Dragon Tree 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Dragon Tree 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 Dragon Tree 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

Dragon Tree is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Dragon Tree bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dragon Tree grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dragon Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Dragon Tree 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.

🍂 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 Dragon Tree, 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 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 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
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 456 XP
globe Huntington Beach, CA
01/07/2022

Resilient in my experience. Not the fastest grower.

Survivor Survivor
@Gor4red avatar
@@Gor4red
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 10,606 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 29 Plants
xp 14,740 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 3 Plants
xp 233 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 64 Plants
xp 5,937 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?”

@AmiesPlants avatar
@@AmiesPlants
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 809 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
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leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 17,869 XP
10/04/2021

Resilient

Survivor Survivor
@Allireid avatar
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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 64 Plants
xp 5,937 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 45 Plants
xp 2,785 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
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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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