Plant Care Twister Dragon

Twister Dragon

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Twister Dragon has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Twister Dragon has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Twister Dragon

The protective resins inside cornstalk dracaena are in Dragon’s Blood, a bright red pigment, varnish, medicine, incense, and dye that has been used across ancient cultures for thousands of years. This plant rarely blooms, but when it does, its flower blooms at night and emits smells that attract night pollinators, like moths. 🦇

Taxonomy

Dracaena fragrans
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Cornstalk Dracaena, Cornstalk Dracaena, Dragon Tree, Corn Plant and Dracaena Kristi

How to care for Twister Dragon

💦 Water

How often to water your Twister Dragon

Water needs for Twister Dragon
0.5 cups
every 12

Twister Dragon 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 Twister Dragon

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cornstalk Dracaena in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Twister Dragon: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Twister Dragon 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 Twister Dragon in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Twister Dragon

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Twister Dragon is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Cornstalk Dracaena →

Common Cornstalk Dracaena Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Twister Dragon 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.

Cornstalk Dracaena Water Frequency →

Cornstalk Dracaena Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Twister Dragon 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 🏡.

Cornstalk Dracaena Light Requirements →

Cornstalk Dracaena Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Twister Dragon 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.

Cornstalk Dracaena Toxicity to Cats →

Cornstalk Dracaena Toxicity to Dogs →

Cornstalk Dracaena Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Twister Dragon enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Cornstalk Dracaena Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Twister Dragon is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Cornstalk Dracaena →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cornstalk Dracaena →


💩 Fertilizer

Twister Dragon 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Cornstalk Dracaena →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Twister Dragon to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Twister Dragon is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Twister Dragon produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Cornstalk Dracaena Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Twister Dragon will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Cornstalk Dracaena →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Twister Dragon can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cornstalk Dracaena Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Twister Dragon 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.

How to Propagate Cornstalk Dracaena →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

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 Twister Dragon, 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!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Twister Dragon

Twister Dragon

Twister Dragon


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

Twister Dragon has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 285
Twister Dragon has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 254
Twister Dragon has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 153
Twister Dragon has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 140
Twister Dragon has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 40
Twister Dragon has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 23
Twister Dragon has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 14
Ivory avatar
@Ivory
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 123 XP
03/25/2022

You do not have to water it often

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 417 XP
globe Austin, TX
03/18/2022

It needs lots of sun
It’s a long survivor

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Spoiledrotten avatar
@@Spoiledrotten
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 5,976 XP
globe Grand Forks, ND
03/11/2022

Seems to be easy to keep alive.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@TubularSedum avatar
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 671 XP
02/23/2022

pretty and easy to care for. it can handle kind of a lot and grows pretty easily

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leaf-1 6 Plants
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02/23/2022

pretty and easy to care for. it can handle kind of a lot and grows pretty easily

@FitBeans avatar
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Willingboro, NJ
02/03/2022

It will last for more than 20 years.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@samuelwines avatar
@@samuelwines
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 1,406 XP
globe Brunswick, Victoria
02/02/2022

It's like your very own mini palm tree of joy.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@MariansOasis avatar
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leaf-1 99 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/23/2022

Careful to not give too much direct sun. Leaves get bleached out/yellow looking.

Survivor Survivor
@Skyann avatar
@@Skyann
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 51 XP
01/23/2022

Hasn’t died yet and I forget to water it quite a lot. Have had it about a year now and it does brown at the tips very easily (for me). But it’s definitely a survivor, I am very surprised it has lasted as long as it has For my aunt to have taken it out one of our neighbors trash and given it to me cause it was already dying. I need to repot it and put it in new soil but haven’t yet so we’ll see if it can live threw that too. Other than that very easy and good plant to have.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Milaca, MN
01/18/2022

Large variegated leaves

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@SharonOasis avatar
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leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe New York
01/12/2022

Not sure what to do with this. I had it in a dark space and it seemed to grow. But Greg said it needed more light. Now it is not growing.

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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/11/2022

Idk this one is just not doing it for me. It feels like it has never grown but also doesn’t die. Meh.

@PlantyAmes avatar
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leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 7,245 XP
01/03/2022

This plant get very big and looks nice, but browns super easily! I’ve changed the lighting and locations so many times trying to figure out what it wants, but I’m constantly finding browned tips 1-3 inches long. Hard to figure this one out.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Saundra avatar
@Saundra
leaf-1 72 Plants
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globe Cleveland, OH
01/01/2022

Shiny leaves;easy carr

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@tango avatar
@@tango
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 6,050 XP
12/31/2021

Beautiful plant!! Has some problems with brown spots but very hardy and survives no matter what! Awesome guy, just about to grow his first stalk and looking great. Def recommend.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@BJoyce avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

It’s not really growing but I’m sure it would if I tried. I’ve got it a few feet from the window in a spot that needed to be filled - it has just remained neutral which is fine by me. I don’t need all my plants growing super fast sometimes you just want a plant that will coast at a C average

@rwags avatar
@@rwags
leaf-1 55 Plants
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12/12/2021

These have been tough for me. Can’t figure out their water or light requirements and their leaves are browning all the time.

Browns easily Browns easily
@rwags avatar
@@rwags
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 5,389 XP
12/12/2021

Have moved this guy more times than I can count. Just repotted and didn’t realize how big their roots will get!

Survivor Survivor
@Theplantkiller avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 86 XP
12/05/2021

Tho the plant is beautiful it brown very easy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
@Melaninpapiii avatar
@@Melaninpapiii
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 224 XP
globe Chicago, IL
12/01/2021

This plant has been through hell and a hand basket and she has grown so darn much! She is a pandemic baby and has blossomed despite constantly being moved and dropped and rocked! Looking for a plant to inspire confidence? Pick her!

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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