Pleomele - Dracaena reflexa

Botanical Name: Dracaena reflexa

Commonly known as Pleomele or Song of India, this is one of the more decorative types of Dracaena that is grown indoors.

Whorls of yellow-banded green leaves spiral upright, reaching about 3 ft (90 cm) tall. Its compact form and slow growth make it an ideal accent for a pedestal plant stand.

Care is easy. This Dracaena thrives in average room conditions, even tolerating dry indoor air. It will survive in low light, but you'll get the best leaf color and growth by keeping this tropical in bright light year-round. Just don't overwater. Soggy soil will cause stems to become soft and mushy at the soil level.

Keep it Clean

Upright leaves tend to be dust-catchers.

Set your plant in the shower and gently spray the leaves with tepid water. Or wipe them off with a damp cloth.

Repot in spring when roots become coiled in the container or grow out of the drainage holes. Always use fresh potting mix when you repot a plant.

It even shrugs off pests, although dry air may attract spider mites to its leaves. Regular misting with water will do double-duty, raising the humidity and keeping those pests away.

Dracaena reflexa Care Tips

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Origin: Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean

Height: To 3 ft (90 cm)

Light: Bright indirect sunlight.

Water: Keep soil lightly moist spring through fall, slightly drier in winter. Do not let soil get waterlogged.

Humidity: Average room humidity.

Temperature: Normal room temps (65-75°F/18-24°C) will suit this plant.

Soil: Good-quality, all-purpose potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Take 3-4 inch (8-10 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring. Pot 3 in the same container for a fuller effect. Cuttings are easy to root in moist sterile potting mix.

Take a Stand

Give a young plant a boost by placing it on an indoor plant stand.

Upright rosettes of colorful leaves look spectacular on a pedestal stand. You'll discover new ways to display your indoor plants.

Pots and Containers

Fetch a Pail

Pretty and practical... functional and'll find an indoor watering can here to suit you and your house plants.