Plant Care Song of India

Song of India

4.5 out of 5 (81 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 53
Song of India has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 25
Song of India has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Song of India has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Song of India has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Song of India has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Song of India has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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@_jordan_
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Seaside, CA
04/02/2022

I have had this plant for almost a year now! And it has survived everywhere I put it and feed it water. I would recommend it to a beginner/ new plant parent the only thing that has been a little hard to manage was tops growing but other than that she is living and thriving!!

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Den
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Knowle, England
01/21/2022

Excellent insight into managing to keep plants healthy.

Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
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01/14/2022

Slow growing can’t wait till it big it is very cold here it is winter I’m in mountains

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@R_l15748
leaf-1 92 Plants
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12/12/2021

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Tammie avatar
@Tammie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe Lewisville, NC
12/04/2021

Beautiful long maintenance plant .

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Terry
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe San Diego, CA
11/11/2021

I just got it last week and the leaves in the bottom are falling is that normal?

Fast grower Fast grower
Terry avatar
@Terry
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe San Diego, CA
11/11/2021

For personal reasons I pretty much ignored my plants for months and this one survived

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@Rinnyk
leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Round Hill, VA
11/02/2021

Easy to care for. We hit a rough patch of no growth but changing the water (we used tap and have switched to distilled) has made all the difference. We’ve got new leaves!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Morganavery
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Cadillac, MI
10/30/2021

I LOVE HER SHES SO PRETTY

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Eskimo
leaf-1 10 Plants
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globe Monterrey, Nuevo León
10/24/2021

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

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

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

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@Divinetreasures
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globe Lebanon, TN
09/18/2021

Beautiful and unique colors

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@Hootie hoot
leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Westerville, OH
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 51 Plants
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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 133 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, IN
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
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@Cassidhe
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 339 XP
globe Auburn, IN
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
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@Aurelie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 312 XP
globe Saint-Eustache, Québec
08/29/2021

loveee

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