☘ Origin: Old World tropics, especially Africa
☘ Family: Asparagus
☘ Botanical Name: Dracaena fragrans
☘ Common Name: The Happy Plant
Symbolism: This plant exhibits a great amount of variegated or livid green leaves, a color that is already believed to bring luck by its own. It symbolizes perseverance and knowledge of our inner-selves.
Prefers bright indirect light but can adapt to low light. Too much direct sunlight can burn and bleach the leaves.
Give your plant a turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth from all sides.
Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry, and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
It will benefit from a light misting using filtered-water 1-2 times per week, especially in winter, when the air is dry. Misting also helps keep the foliage clean and dust-free..
Thrive in average room temperatures between (15-26°C).
Feed every month in the spring and summer with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.
Moderately toxic to pets, typically causing mild mouth irritation, stomach irritation, and possible vomiting.
Look out for a common problem called ‘tipping’ when the tips of the leaves dry out and turn brown. The most common cause is tap water, which contains salts, chlorine, fluoride, and other elements that may be harmful in excess. To prevent this, you can use distilled water or rain water. Wipe the leaves with a soft damp cloth to remove dust as necessary. Take care to clean the undersides of the leaves as well as the upper surfaces. Removing dust opens the pores so your plant can exchange air freely, and it helps prevent pests from taking up residency.