Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dracaena Fragrans Cane Care

growing well on 11/12/14
summer 2012
This Dracaena fragrans cane (on the left) was brought to me looking very poorly.  I wish I had taken a picture of it then, but I did not know at the time that I would start a blog. It was at the beginning of the summer a few years ago, when I first saw its pitiful sight with about half the foliage you see now. I repotted it in some fresh dirt and kept it in the shade outside for the entire summer. It has slowly recovered and is expected to continue to become more full and lush.  

The Dracaena family is remarkably sturdy and even after setbacks can rally again to become strong and beautiful again. They are among the largest of houseplants and some of the easiest to grow plants for your home.

Care Instructions-- 
  • Prefers bright indirect light.  Will tolerate quite low light for awhile.  Some direct morning or late afternoon sun would suit it well. 
  • A plant this size which is in a 10"(25cm) diameter pot can take up to 2 quarts (or almost 2 liters) of water when ready.   Water when dry about 1/2" (about 1.5cm) below the soil surface. 
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth. 
  • These can become dust collectors.  A feather duster cleans them up nicely. An occasional gentle hosing outside or for apartment dwellers, a shower in the bathtub will do just fine. 

**To see other plants on this blog click here:   The Indoor Garden blog
***For a variety of  video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series, click here:The Indoor Garden TV show


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