Song of India
4.5 out of 5 (81 experiences)
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. 🤒
Also known as
Song of Jamaica and Dragon Tree
How to care for Song of India
How often to water your Song of India
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.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Song of India in your home
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 🏡.
How to fertilize Song of India
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.
Song of India is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
Song of India 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.
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 in your home 🏡.
Song of India 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.
Song of India prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Song of India does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Song of India 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!
It’s common for Song of India to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Song of India is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.
Yes, you may see your Song of India bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Song of India grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Song of India can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Song of India 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 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 Song of India, 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!
Care Summary for Song of India
Song of India
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 6ft from a window
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
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!!
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.