Dracaena is a group of popular plants which can be grown both indoor and outdoor based on the climatic conditions. They are known for easy care, maintenance and beautiful foliage – leaves. Originating from Southeast Asia, Dracaena Baby doll is known for its striking coloring, which can vary from purple-pink to deep red. Different varieties possess different coloured foliage.
Common name: Good luck plant, Baby doll
Scientific name: Dracaena cordyline fruticosa
Size: 2-3 feet whilst potted, 4-10 when left unpruned in ground
Maintenance: Easy to grow
Toxicity: Moderately toxic. Saponin, a chemical compound that is found in dracaena, is toxic to pets. Ingestion can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. While it is not toxic for humans to touch, it may prove to heighten discomfort of allergy-sensitive people.
Where to keep the plant: Indoors in the living room or in the balcony.
Thrice a week, or when top soil is dry to touch. You can boost your plant’s growth by misting it roughly twice every week. Watering should only be to keep the soil moist, not soggy. Make sure the water is drained out and the plant is not water-logged. Dracaena requires less water than most indoor plants.
Indirect sunlight. Filtered indoor light (through a window or curtain) or a semi-shade spot is an ideal location for dracaena. Never place a dracaena plant in direct sun, as the rays will scorch its foliage.
Porous soil. Grows best in a well-drained, peaty potting mixture. You can add sand or tiny pebbles in the bottom of the pot to ensure complete drainage. Loosen the soil without damaging the roots, it will help the plant take up nutrients and moisture easily.
Moderate. Dracaena enjoys a humid environment, in the lack of it, leaf tips dry out and may turn brown. Dusting and misting leaves regularly with a damp cloth/sprayer to prevent buildup of dust is an effective way to keep your plant thriving!
Dracaena plants do not need much fertilizer, since they grow slow. Once a month in the spring and summer is more than enough for its healthy growth. No fertilizer is necessary during the winters when plant growth is naturally slow.
Stem cutting is the most effective way to replicate the parent dracaena plant. Make a diagonal cut below the lead line of the plant, making sure several nodes are above the cut, plant it in a container with moist soil, or in a vase of clean water. Cuttings propagated in water are comparatively slower in growing roots.