Plant Care Song of India

Song of India

4.5 out of 5 (74 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 located in New York.

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?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Song of India in New York

New York, New York

30% Very Low

Growing Song of India in New York right now

Light needs for plant Song of India in New York

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 21st, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New York is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…

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Light needs for plant Song of India in New York

Sunlight will increase by 28.4% ☀️

January 21st, 2022

New York is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to increase by 28.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Song of India in New York

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 21st, 2022

This month, New York is getting an average of 6.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of day…

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in New York ⛅.

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.

When to repot Song of India

Nutrient needs for plant Song of India in New York

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 21st, 2022

The growing potential in New York is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repo…

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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 your location in New York, 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 49
Song of India has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 24
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 11
Song of India has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 8
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
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 803 XP
01/14/2022

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

Survivor Survivor
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@R_l15748
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 2,877 XP
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Tammie avatar
@Tammie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe Lewisville, North Carolina
12/04/2021

Beautiful long maintenance plant .

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

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

Survivor Survivor
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@Rinnyk
leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Round Hill, Virginia
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
Morganavery avatar
@Morganavery
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 131 XP
globe Cadillac, Michigan
10/30/2021

I LOVE HER SHES SO PRETTY

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Eskimo
leaf-1 5 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

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Melissa avatar
@Melissa
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 183 XP
globe Bexhill, England
09/25/2021

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 25 Plants
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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 45 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
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Cassidhe avatar
@Cassidhe
leaf-1 25 Plants
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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
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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
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@Aurelie
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Saint-Eustache, Québec
08/29/2021

loveee

Fast grower Fast grower
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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
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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

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