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
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 located in Chicago, Illinois.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
February 4th, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
February 3rd, 2023
Chicago is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to increase by 45.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.2 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…
February 4th, 2023
This month, Chicago is getting an average of 5.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 13.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.5 total hours of day…
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 💪.
We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.
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.
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.