Plant Care Song of India
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Song of India

4.4 out of 5 (54 experiences)

Song of India has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Song of India has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Song of India

Dracaena reflexa is a popular houseplant choice, as they are fairly low maintenance and have bright, colorful foliage. In their native habitat of southeast Africa these usually compact houseplants grow enormously, reaching heights of over 20 feet. Communities in Madagascar use this plant as a reported cure for a variety of ailments from malaria to dysentery. 🤒

Taxonomy

Dracaena reflexa
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Song of Jamaica and Dragon Tree

How to care for Song of India

Water

How often to water your Song of India

Water needs for Song of India
0.5 cups
every 12

Song of India 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 Song of India

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Song of India in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Song of India: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Song of India 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 Song of India in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Song of India

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Song of India: 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 Song of India after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Song of India is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Song of India

Song of India

Song of India


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

Song of India has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 35
Song of India has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 14
Song of India has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Song of India has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Song of India has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 6
Song of India has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Song of India has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Song of India has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Edward avatar
@Edward
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 63 XP
globe Monterrey, Nuevo León
10/24/2021

She does alright quite far from the window so longs sshe gets indirect light

Survivor Survivor
Melissa avatar
@Melissa
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 137 XP
globe Bexhill, England
09/25/2021

Very easy to keep and manage if your not great with plants

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Divinetreasures avatar
@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 761 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi
09/18/2021

Beautiful and unique colors

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@Hootie hoot
leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Westerville, Ohio
09/18/2021

This plant was left by the previous owner when we bought our house. And I hate to admit it but I forgot we had this plant (it was upstairs) and did not water it for MONTHS. But this guy was still kicking (although he lost a lot of leaves). I pruned him up and am taking proper care of him now and he is thriving. Definitely recommend for forgetful waterers. This plant has been one of the most forgiving plant I’ve ever owned.

Survivor Survivor
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@Sebjefford
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 1,107 XP
globe Cardiff, Wales
09/08/2021

Very hardy plant. Bit of watering and good sun it’ll keep on growing.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Yvette avatar
@Yvette
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 120 XP
09/06/2021

I love the details you want to water it

Hopewrld avatar
@Hopewrld
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 117 XP
09/06/2021

They grow pretty big and look lovely in spaces with lots of sunlight. I'd recommend finding a bigger pot as they grow bigger which they do quickly.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Cassidhe avatar
@Cassidhe
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 339 XP
globe Auburn, Indiana
09/05/2021

I brought this plant back from nearly dead. Repotted it and cut the top dead stuff off and the new growth appeared within a week or two.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Cassidhe avatar
@Cassidhe
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 339 XP
globe Auburn, Indiana
08/30/2021

Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but immune grows so slow. The leaves always have brown spots on them too. I get those pesky white bugs too

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Aurelie avatar
@Aurelie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 188 XP
globe Saint-Eustache, Québec
08/29/2021

loveee

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Growit6979
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 77 XP
08/28/2021

Blends well with others.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Owenwist
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 684 XP
globe Deposit, New York
08/11/2021

I love this plant but it grows slow and looses lots of leaves if not in a super hot environment

Browns easily Browns easily
Anna avatar
@Anna
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 51 XP
globe El Cajon, California
08/08/2021

Very little maintenance

Dj avatar
@Dj
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Columbus, Ohio
07/30/2021

Beautiful and lively. I’m enjoying being a new plant Mom

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Elan avatar
@Elan
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 80 XP
globe Shanghai, Shanghai Shi
06/13/2021

Love

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Linnea avatar
@Linnea
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
06/10/2021

love this plant he lives through everything and is very healthy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Stayinalive avatar
@Stayinalive
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 71 XP
06/05/2021

Likes to be cozy in small pots

Kingcanna avatar
@Kingcanna
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 537 XP
globe Medicine Hat, Alberta
05/10/2021

Not a bad plant! I transplanted it a tad early into a bigger pot and for 1 whole year I saw no growth😳… it was almost shocked into dying…. but! With a decent Flowering- 5000K Purple LED grow light within a matter of weeks it started coming around! Water every week Down to the roots and it will soon be a nice addition to your plant collection.

Survivor Survivor
Nicole avatar
@Nicole
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Oswego, Illinois
05/02/2021

Good plant

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor

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